Education is a human right and an essential tool for achieving the goals of equality, development and peace. Non-discriminatory education benefits both girls and boys and thus ultimately contributes to more equal relationships between women and men. Equality of access to and attainment of educational qualifications is necessary if more women are to become agents of change. Literacy of women is an important key to improving health, nutrition and education in the family and to empowering women to participate in decision-making in society. Investing in formal and non-formal education and training for girls and women, with its exceptionally high social and economic return, has proved to be one of the best means of achieving sustainable development and economic growth that is both sustained and sustainable. Since 1997 we conducted education programs for women and girls who missed formal education opportunities. Education programs we perform are divided into two:

  • Literacy and basic informal education:

WORDA provides basic 18 – 24 months informal education, in the first 6 months we gave students literacy in reading and writing followed with 12 - 18 months in continuation of language, arithmetic and social studies. Mostly young girls benefits from the 2 years education and then continue formal schooling in private institutions.

  • Self-employment skills trainings:

We promote capacity of local communities to be self-employed through life skill trainings in computer hardware and software, Beauty salon, housekeeping, cookery in marketable sweets and fast foods, tie and dye, tailoring and electricity.

Women Participation and Civic Education

It is 1 a year project started February 2016 and will end January 2017. This project aims at tackling a myriad of obstacles encountered by Women candidates during 2005 parliamentary and 2012 local council elections such as: Not having resources to campaign, men not accepting women candidacy, and women being new to political arena and clan role. Women also mistrust politics, their being disorganized, being discriminated against and their political role not recognized by political parties. To improve women political participation in Somaliland there is need for a comprehensive awareness raising, voter and civic education. To achieve this, the project shall give great focus on civic and voter education to rural and grass root women while building and improving women candidates potentially in campaign for confidence to equally compete with men during elections.