The Minister of Education and Higher Education in the Somali state of Puntland Abdullah Mohammed Hassan opened the Dar es Salaam Primary School, which was built by Qatar Charity in the city of Garowe, and funded by benefactors in Qatar.
The 400 sq m school has many classrooms and rooms for the principal and teachers and is expected to benefit 400 students. The project aims at supporting education in Somalia, contributing to increasing the literacy rate, improving education facilities, and creating generations capable of participating in the development of the country.
At the inauguration ceremony, Minister Abdullah Mohammed Hassan expressed his pleasure in opening the first school since taking office a month ago. He also pointed out that the Ministry of Education and Higher Education would move forward to strengthen partnership and cooperation with charitable organisations, including Qatar Charity, for the improvement of education.
He also thanked donors in Qatar for their generous support to build this school, hoping it would contribute to building an educated generation. For his part, Abdel Taher Abshar, Director of the Dar es Salaam Primary School, thanked Qatar Charity for their continuous efforts to contribute to providing an appropriate educational environment and improving the academic performance of students. He also noted the humanitarian role of Qatar Charity in Somalia through its office in Mogadishu in the areas of relief and development, especially education, in addition to sponsoring orphans, students and teachers.
It is worth mentioning that Qatar Charity has completed several multi-service projects in Somalia, including a centre opened in 2017, which has a school consisting of several classrooms. In the same year, a specialised agricultural school was opened in Afgooye, a town in the southwestern Lower Shebelle region of Somalia, which is the first of its kind in the region.