uAlberta Faculty of Education helps restore Somali university’s education programs

March 12, 2014

The University of Alberta’s Faculty of Education has agreed to help recreate the education faculty at the Somali National University (SNU), which was forced to shut its doors when conflict demolished Somalia’s infrastructure. "As we speak, the level of education in the country is extremely weak. The majority of people have no education at all," explains Ali Abdi, Co-Director of uAlberta’s Centre for Global Citizenship Education and Research. “As a result, there are very few teachers in the country. If you don't have teachers, the quality of education will be weak and undeveloped. In that sense, a faculty of education is extremely important," he says. For several months, members of the uAlberta faculty gathered up-to-date books so that 400 of them could be mailed to SNU. uAlberta faculty members will donate their time and expertise to participate in seminars for future SNU staff, which will likely be held just over the border, in Nairobi, Kenya. uAlberta News Release