Somali National University and University of Helsinki partnership

Somali National University and University of Helsinki are working together to improve the teacher education and develop the teacher curruculum in Somalia.

Somali National University is the only public university, in the country governed by the Federal Government, which has a functional teacher training programme. The current teacher training curriculum used at Somali National University is outdated and unable to respond to the national context and needs. Somali National University and University of Helsinki entered into partnership to develop further the teacher education programme at the University in 2017. This partnership is part of MIDA FINNSOM Health and education project and has continued during phase II of MIDA FINNSOM project. The primary objective of this partnership is to revise and update the current teacher training curriculum at Somali National University and to design appropriate pedagogical frameworks for the curriculum. University of Helsinki experts have also provided individual guidance to the different subject groups in further development of their subject education courses.   Additionally, professional guidance and support will be needed in implementing the revised curriculum. With the aim of establishing long-term trans-national collaboration and potentially paving the way for future joint projects and initiatives, MIDA FINNSOM Health and education project will foster the establishment of formalized Finland-Somalia University relationship.