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Somali Interactive Radio Instruction Program (SIRIP)


Period of Performance: October 2005 through September 2008



SIRIP goals
• Respond to the current educational needs of Somalis populations
• Reach 400,000 students
• Improve skills in Reading, Math and life skills for children in grade 1 to 6
• Build capacity of local educators
• Girls will comprise 50% of target schools
• Increase community participation in the program.

SIRIP themes
• Active Learning
• Student Centered Learning
• Teacher Professional Development
• Community involvement and participation
• Effective and appropriate educational material
• Gender Equity


The goal of the SIRIP project is to respond to the current educational needs of Somalis while also working toward the establishment of effective educational materials. Interactive Radio Instruction (IRI) is the primary response, in which interactive radio programs are developed to respond to the needs of access and quality. Supplemental materials accompany these programs, which provide schools with those materials necessary for sound, primary-level instruction. The IRI programs enable teachers to teach in an interactive learning environment. In addition to basic reading and math in Somali, the programs contain life skills content, including health, conflict prevention and mediation, and democracy-building objectives.

Expected Results:

During the three-year period of performance of this program, SIRIP will reach approximately 400,000 children with a comprehensive program that will improve skills in reading, math and life skills. A set of interactive radio instruction (IRI) programs in reading, math, and life skills will be produced for grades 1-6. Capacity in scriptwriting for interactive radio instruction will be built with local educators; while local producers will be trained in digital production. A network of public, private, and non-governmental organizations will be established through which schools will be identified, materials will be distributed and teachers will be trained. Girls will comprise 50% of the targeted schools. The role of girls as role-models within the programs and the information regarding the inclusion of girls in the learning process will be key in the design of new programs. In addition to the formal schools and non-governmental schools, Quranic schools will be invited to participate in the programs.

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