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Barwaaqo University

Somaliland’s first and only women’s university.

An Education for the Women of Somaliland

We believe in the empowering of Somali women to become professionals who drive development throughout their community. 

 

Barwaaqo’s first phase focuses on a School of Education that will turn Somali women into leaders in the classroom, who will then go on to educate the next generation of Somali youth across the country.

Our Challenge

The Republic of Somaliland declared its independence from Somalia in 1991 and maintains a stable government and border.  But after decades of war, generations of Somali girls have grown up with little to no education or chance of economic opportunity. To help themselves, their families and their country’s developing economy, these Somali girls must have quality educational opportunities.

Who We Are

Barwaaqo is a high quality, women’s boarding university in Somaliland that aims to change the trajectory of opportunities for young Somali women who will go on to rebuild a nation.

 

The founders of Barwaaqo led the incredible success of the Abaarso School, a 7th-12th grade, co-ed boarding school in Somaliland whose graduates have received scholarships to top universities such as Harvard, Yale, Columbia, Brown and MIT. Barwaaqo will replicate the Abaarso model of strong academic fundamentals and core character values of integrity, tenacity and reasoning.

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The Need

In Somaliland, very few girls complete high school, let alone college, and often get married at a young age given the lack of opportunities. As very few teachers in the country are female, there are few educational role models for young women.

 

FEMALE YOUTH
UNEMPLOYMENT

OF FEMALES
TYPICALLY MARRIED
BY AGE 18

OF ALL TEACHERS
ARE FEMALE

BUILDING NEW PATHS

REMODELING

EDUCATION

BARWAAQO GRADUATES WILL EDUCATE THE NEXT GENERATIONS OF SOMALI YOUTH

BUILDING ON

ABAARSO’S

SUCCESS

BARWAAQO WILL BUILD ON ABAARSO’S SUCCESS TO DEVELOP FUTURE FEMALE PROFESSIONALS AND ROLE MODELS

FROM GIRLS TO

PROFESSIONAL

WOMEN

BARWAAQO WILL CHANGE THE TRAJECTORY OF OPPORTUNITIES FOR YOUNG SOMALI WOMEN

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Aliya is the youngest of nine siblings from Hargeisa. She wanted a challenge and felt that she was resilient enough to adapt to the rigors of Abaarso School. After a few years at Abaarso, Aliya was accepted to Pomfret School in Connecticut through ASSIST. As the only female student from Africa, she loved explaining and teaching other students about her culture and religion. While in Connecticut, she saw snow for the first time, went sledding, and had snowball fights! While at Pomfret, Aliya gravitated towards the STEM classes, such as Digital Engineering, Physics, and Pre-Calculus. Each term she was involved in different extracurricular activities on campus. In the fall, she participated in Cross Country. In the winter, she was on the varsity girls basketball team. In the spring, she became the manager for the crew team. After finishing the academic year in the US, she returned back to Somaliland to complete 12th grade and graduate from Abaarso this summer!Growing up, Aliya had a skill that her other family members did not–the ability to type. Her father, a politician in Somaliland, would speak to her and she would type for him. She gained so much knowledge from her father, and this enabled her to join the Model UN club at Pomfret. Her passion for history and international relations combined with her love for STEM has her considering a double major in Data Analytics and International Relations at Smith College, where she has recently been accepted. Caaliya waa ta ugu yar sagaal caruur oo walaalo ah, ka na socota Hargeysa. Waxay ogayd inay tahay qof ad adag, oo hubtay kuna adkaysatay la qabsiga adag ee Dugsiga Abaarso. Dhawr sano ka dib Abaarso, Aliya waxaa laga soo aqbalay Dugsiga Hoyga ee Pomfret ee Connecticut iyada oo loo marayo ASSIST. Maadaama ay tahay gabadha keliya ee ka timid Afrika, waxay aad u jeclayd inay u sharraxdo oo ay ardayda kale barto dhaqankeeda iyo diinteeda. Intii ay ku sugnayd Connecticut, waxay markii ugu horraysay aragtay baraf da’a, waxay tagtay slending, kana qayb gashay ciyaaraha barafka. Intii ay ku sugnayd Pomfret, Aliya waxa ay u soo jeedsatay fasallada STEM ka, sida Injineerinka dhigitaal ka ah, Fiisigiska, iyo qaybaha hore ee Calculus. Simistar kasta waxay ku lug lahayd hawlo ka baxsan manhajka oo kala duwan oo ka mid ah jaamacadda, kuwaas oo ay ka qayb gali jirtay. Xilligii dayrta, waxay kaga qaybqaadatay dalkaas Gudihiisa. Xilliga jiilaalka, waxay ku jirtay kooxda kubbadda koleyga gabdhaha varsity. Xilligii Guga, waxay noqotay maareeyaha kooxda shaqaalaha. Markii ay sannad-dugsiyeedkii Maraykanka ay soo dhamaysay, waxay dib ugu soo laabatay Somaliland si ay u dhammeysato fasalka 12aad, kaas oo ay xagaagan Abaarso ka qalin-jabisay!Hore u socodkii Aliya, waxa ay lahayd xirfad aanay xubnaha kale ee qoyskeedu aanay lahayn – awoodda ay wax ku qori karto. Aabaheed oo ah siyaasi reer Somaliland ah ayaa la hadli jiray oo ay u qori jirtay. Waxay aqoon badan ka heshay aabaheed, taasina waxay u sahashay inay ku biirto naadiga Model UN ee Pomfret. Jacaylkeeda ay u qabto taariikhda iyo xiriirka caalamiga ah oo uu wehelinayo dedaalkeeda ay u qabto STEM ka , ayaa ka dhigay mid tixgelinaysa inay ku takhasusto Falanqaynta Xogta iyo Xiriirka Caalamiga ah ee Kulliyadda Smith, halkaas oo dhawaan laga soo aqbalay, tagina doonto. ... See MoreSee Less
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