Child Friendly Space

Project Child Friendly Space

To provide basic education for children of the Internally Displaced People (IDP)

Project Partners Muslim Aid Somalia

Teaching basic education

Locations Madina, Wadajir District, Mogadishu
Period January to December 2012

The number of children attended increased from 90 to 140


The Child Friendly Space was created to provide the children of Internally Displaced People (IDP) in Mogadishu, a safe space for them to play and develop, both mentally and socially while their parents are focused on their livelihood activities. The Centre also provides basic education for these children: an estimated 1.8 million children between the ages of 5 and 17 years of age, do not have the opportunity to receive proper education in Somalia, even before the civil war had begun.


In January 2012, MERCY Malaysia in collaboration with Muslim Aid Somalia, reconstructed a space specifically for the IDP children, called the Child Friendly Space in Madina, Wadajir District, Mogadishu, Somalia. Following an assessment of the area, it was found that a specific space was needed for the IDP children, a space that was not only safe for the children to play in, but also able to provide the basic education needs of these children. Initially, there were 90 children in the programme when it was launched. Since then, the number has steadily increased, now the sessions are divided into two sessions; morning and evening to meet demand. At the end of 2012, the Child Friendly Space was moved to a larger area to cater to the needs of the growing number of children at the centre. Currently, the centre can accommodate up to 140 children, MERCY Malaysia intends to continue to support the project for at least another year. We are pleased to annouce most of the children who have attended the classes at the Child Friendly Space, are able to successfully integrate into the Somalian education system.