What is the civil society education fund?


The Civil Society Education Fund (CSEF) is a unique and ambitious global programme that supports citizen engagement in education sector policy, planning, budgeting and monitoring. It is founded on a shared understanding that informed, broad-based and locally-driven civil society participation is crucial to delivering national and international education goals. While governments are responsible for guaranteeing the right to free, inclusive and quality education for all citizens, civil society can and should play a crucial role in bringing diverse voices together under common platforms to hold governments and donors accountable for their commitments, and to ensure relevance and equity within education sector plans, programmes and budgets.

CSEF therefore provides grant funding and technical support to representative and democratic national civil society education coalitions to strengthen citizen and civil society participation in national education sector planning and policy processes, research, analysis and tracking, and engagement and input to regional and global policy processes. Support is also provided through guidelines for national planning and operations, technical support and capacity development, and linking local, national and regional and global activities in order to maximise impact.

Through this work CSEF aims to influence policy change particularly around education financing, inclusion and equity and quality and learning, and to advance and ensure accountability of global and national education goals.

CSEF was set up in 2009 through the support of the Global Partnership for Education, and has received funding almost consistently from GPE since. In addition to GPE support, CSEF has had complementary funding from Spain’s AECID (Agencia Española de Cooperación Internacional para el Desarrollo).

Education Compaign for Girls in Dilla and Magaalocad District, Awdal Region

Global Partenership for Education is coalition of network organizations at global level which invests on education particulary promoting girls’ education. SOLNEFA being part of the coalition and representing Somaliland LNGOs that involve in education has taken bold steps to implement this project across somaliland Regions with colloborative efforts of the Ministry of Education. LNGOs are usually the main parteners of SOLNEFA and provide significant hand during undertaking Mass Education Compaigns in rural areas.

As planned, SOLNEFA in collaboration with Regional Education Office of Awdal Region and AYODA, a local NGO that works in the sector of education organized and conducted public awareness advocacy campaigns in Dilla and Magaalocad.  First, the awareness was conducted in Dilla 16/05/2017. Community Development Committee, Committee for education and Parent Committee including other members of Dilla community participated in the activity. The second day, 17/05/2017, the same activity was conducted in Magaalocad.

The main purpose of the activity was to increase the awareness of girls’ education particularly access to free education and improving quality of their education. Girl’s education is a global issue that has been addressed in Somaliland likewise.

All participants and the other stakeholders of this project acknowledged the importance of education girls and clearly mentioned that the project would improve quality of life for our people. The REO and representatives of SOLNEFA and OYADO mention their remarks on this activity by underling the importance of girls’ education in families and communities as a whole.