Barwaaqo opened its doors to its first students in October 2017. Barwaaqo was started by the original founder of the Abaarso School and Abaarso’s former Assistant Headmaster with the vision of building new career opportunities for young Somali women.
Barwaaqo is a female-only, 4-year boarding university. In its first year, Barwaaqo will be housed on the Abaarso School campus just outside the capital of Hargeisa, Somaliland while its permanent facilities are being constructed.
Barwaaqo has a 9-month school year that includes roughly 30 hours of classwork per week. Barwaaqo’s School of Education includes four years of study and practical training, and prepares graduates to teach Kindergarten through 6th grade levels. Graduates will receive a bachelor’s degree in Education.
In addition to a competent and conceptual grasp of mathematics, the Barwaaqo School of Education curriculum focuses on a complete English education — all classes are conducted in English with additional focus on grammar, writing and reading.
In its first year, Barwaaqo will take in just 25 students, but in future years this number will expand to 50 and eventually over 100 new students. Abaarso’s success was partially due to controlling the size of the school and Barwaaqo will be run similarly.
Students interested in applying to Barwaaqo must fill out an application form and submit proof of their high school diploma. Applicants can submit all information online or drop off the required documents at the Barwaaqo office temporarily located on the Abaarso School campus outside Hargeisa in the village of Abaarso. Top candidates will be selected based on their application form information and invited for an in-person interview which will determine final student selection.
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