Education, Youth and Employment in Somaliland: Challenges and Opportunities


Date: November 22, Saturday
Panel: Ahmed Abdi Ismail, Amoud University, School of Postgraduate Studies; Adnan Hagog, Youth Activist; Ridwan Osman, PhD Candidate, Cambridge University.

Respondent: Dr. Sa’ad Ali Shire, Minister for National Planning and Development.

For the past 23 years, Somaliland has made considerable progress in establishing education system, re-opening schools and colleges and for the first time in the history of the country, establishing institutions of higher learning. Since then, various forms of education, including non-formal, adult, vocational schools and Quranic education, dominated the sphere. Currently, the country enjoys high student population, with the opportunity to pursue various forms of education and training paths. The improvement of education standers facilitated higher number of school and university graduates who made the labor market more competitive, Now, young Somaliland who had their training and education in the country are employed in various industries, such as business, NGOs, education institutions and small scale industries. However, there have been challenges in the field.

Employers find that there is shortage of skilled workers in certain areas. This forces them many employers to import labor from abroad. The latter factor contributes to youth unemployment, which is already rampant in the country. Panelists from various stakeholders and actors in the field will approach the theme of the month from different angles and perspectives. This is the first of several debates in which the various stakeholders can share their contributions with the public.

Entry: Free. Requires registration (come bit earlier if you are new to the Center).
Language: Somali. Translation to English available upon request.


The Hargeysa Cultural Center was opened in August 2014 in Hargeysa, Somaliland. The Center was established by Redsea Cultural Foundation (RCF). Since its establishment, the Hargeysa Cultural Center has become an important feature in Hargeysa’s cultural landscape. The success of the center owes much to the respect that RCF has gained from its work on running the annual Hargeysa International Book Fair, which, now in its eighth year, has become one of the most admired cultural events in the region.

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