Jonathan Starr founded the Abaarso School in 2009 to develop the future leaders of Somaliland with a top-tier education based on the core values of Integrity, Tenacity and Reasoning. Abaarso has been incredibly successful with recent features on 60 Minutes, The New York Times, and BBC. Abaarso alumni have also received scholarships to top universities such as Harvard, Yale, Columbia, Brown and MIT.
Barwaaqo will now build upon the success of Abaarso to provide high quality university degrees for young Somali women. Barwaaqo’s first program will be a School of Education in a boarding environment that will prepare the teachers of tomorrow.