The Soma Soma program began as way to bring literacy and art instruction to the children in the communities that were not able to attend school. It was originally called Kusoma na Sanaa or Reading and Art in Swahili. It has evolved into a structured, non-formal education initiative based on successful work done in Lebanon with Syrian Refugees by the Norwegian Refugee Council. By involving community leaders, parents, government schools and local instructors, the program is designed to explore what it takes to get children "school ready" so they can enter the mainstream education process. This innovative 6 month program seeks to explore the most effective ways to get children "school ready" and understand what support systems will be required within the household as well as the communities and schools to assure successful transition for the child. 


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