Abaarso School of Science and Technology, located in Somaliland, has announced an agreement with Givology to provide scholarships for top female students at Abaarso. The two organizations expect the donation to partially fund tuition for Abaarso girls, promote female education in the country and inspire younger students to achieve.
“Abaarso’s girls have proven the ability to succeed at Abaarso, and then at top universities around the world” said Jonathan Starr, Abaarso’s Founder and Headmaster. “This Givology Scholarship will provide deserving but impoverished students the same future opportunities that are available to the most privileged children in the world. We hope more organizations follow Givology’s lead.”
Joyce Meng, Cofounder and CEO of Givology, added, “We're incredibly excited to support the work of Abaarso School, especially their focus on education quality that has led to successful student placements post graduation. This outcomes-focused model is innovative and inspirational!”
The Girls’ Scholarship Initiative marks the second year that Givology and Abaarso have worked together to support the education of Somaliland youth. In 2014, Givology helped fund an initiative that supplied Amazon Kindles to all Abaarso students, grades 9-12. E-readers allow Somaliland students access to thousands of books that are otherwise unavailable in the country.
“With the new Kindles, students are now better able to read independently and use digital tools to enhance their reading in and out of class,” said Alex Rolnick, Head of the Upper School at Abaarso. The project has been so successful that the school plans to expand it to 8th grade.