Somaliland:Hamza Mahdi Abaarso alum and current Dean of Boys, for being accepted to Harvard University

Hamza Mahdi Hassan, Abaarso alum and current Dean of Boys, for being accepted to Harvard University

By:Mohamed Duale tweeted by @MohamadDuale

Horndiplomat- Hamza Mahdi Hassan, Abaarso alum and current Dean of Boys, for being accepted to Harvard University, University of Pennsylvania, and St. John’s College as a transfer student. Hamza spent two years at African Leadership Academy and then Deep Springs College and has taught at Abaarso in his gap year while applying to transfer.

The Abaarso School of Science and Technology (Abaarso School) is a non-profit, co-educational boarding school in Abaarso, located in the East Africa Somaliland is a self-declared Republic of Somaliland. Its campus lies some 18 km west of the Somaliland capital of Hargeisa. Abaarso was only a secondary school until 2013, when it first began to run an intermediate school as well. The school now ranges from grades 7-12, with a post-graduate option. There are approximately 120 students in the upper school and 98 in the lower school.

In 2014, Abaarso School was awarded Candidacy for Accreditation status from the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC).

Abaarso School of Science and Technology

 In 2008, a man named Jonathan Starr was 32 years old and running a hedge fund in Boston. He was a millionaire, but he didn’t like his job very much, and wanted to do something to give his life purpose. He’d heard about a desperately poor African nation called Somaliland that needed help. Somaliland broke away from Somalia 25 years ago. If you’ve never heard of it before, it’s probably because it still isn’t recognized as an independent country.

Jonathan Starr went there for a visit, and that’s when he came up with a kind of crazy idea. He decided to build an American-style boarding school to help kids in Somaliland get into the best universities in the U.S. and beyond.

Last year Jonathan speaks to Cnn and CBS International Anderson cooper visits in Somaliland Starr Said hoped his students would then return to Somaliland as doctors, lawyers, business people, and future leaders.

“The mission of Abaarso School of Science and Technology is to produce the future leaders of Somaliland and the Region.”

Starr also added

“Almost 90 percent of Abaarso’s first graduating class got accepted to international colleges, including in the U.S.”

Last year  US President Donald Trump signed a new executive order  that bans immigration from six Muslim-majority countries, dropping Iraq from January’s previous order, and reinstates a temporary blanket ban on all refugees.

President Trump’s decision to ban the citizens of seven Muslim-majority countries has jeopardized the university dreams of hundreds of students from the self-declared republic of Somaliland.

Jonathan starr also speak that Trump’s Decision “But If President Trump’s travel ban goes into effect, the next group of Abaarso students headed for American universities may not be able to come.”

Meanwhile The Somaliland Foreign Ministry has formally asked the U.S. State Department to remove Somaliland from the new travel policy, which temporarily blocks residents of six majority-Muslim countries.

after 26 years letter Somaliland’s not recognised state,its Declared regaining independence from Somalia on May 18, 1991, with a population of about 4 million, can boast of an army, its own currency and legal system and is appreciated for holding credible elections.


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