Primary education enrolment in the Somali region of Ethiopia has increased to 73.5% from about 64% the previous year. The rise is a result of the campaign carried out by teachers, parents and the region’s leadership to raise primary school enrolment.

At least 1,746 teachers have graduated from local teacher training colleges and have been deployed to various primary schools to alleviate teacher shortages. Another 1,000 are undergoing training, said Ibrahim Ali Musa, the Somali State Education Bureau head. They are aiming to reach 75% by the close of the academic year.