Author: Eric Eversmann
Eversmann, E. (2000). Education kits in Somalia. Center for International Studies. Cambridge: MIT Press.
Overview: Education kits are packages of basic education materials (pens, pencils, notebooks, etc.) that have been designed as part of a preparedness strategy to support schooling for populations caught in complex emergencies. The purpose of this research was to produce a single country case study of the use of education kits. As a framework, the Danish International Development Agency (Danida) evaluation guidelines have been used, evaluating the program according to five criteria: efficiency, effectiveness, impact, relevance, and sustainability. Survey questions were based on a literature review and previous education kit evaluations and reports (see Appendix). Respondents were coded according to their role in the education sector: UN staff, NGO staff, and school teachers and school heads. The data gathered from the survey were supplemented with key informant interviews, individual school observations and unstructured interviews with other Somali educationists not directly participating in education kit distributions, but familiar with the needs of the sector. In analyzing the data collected, this report draws both specific conclusions on the use of education kits in Somalia and more general conclusions regarding kits as a central emergency education response.