Pastoralists in Hawd have been cited by many people in Somaliland as the most desperate people. Denied the right to primary education, these pastoralists feel very frustrated. Their children are destined of dropping out before completing the education cycle. They have always been blamed for their backwardness which is one of the reasons policy directed interventions are blind about extension of educational services as well as the activities of pastoralists in Hawd region. This study, therefore, examines the challenges in access to education that children in pastoralist region are facing. A mixed methods research design was conducted while triangulation methods of data gathering and analysis were applied to evaluate the naked reality of pastoralist education. While pastoralists play a key role in national development as the country exports livestock to trap foreign exchange; collect local taxes from meat sellers and enhance food security, it is not realistic for government to underestimate their educational service needs. Any interventions targeting sustainable development in the whole country could prioritize educational services of pastoralist children as this could make Somaliland a self-help country. Lastly the study has outlined possible policy recommendations that could redress the educational access to and completion of primary education of pastoralist children such as the establishment of mobile schools to provide possible alternatives education for pastoralist communities.
Keywords: Nomadic, Nomadism, Pastoralists, Education, Children, Pupils, Hawd, Somaliland