More than 100 Somali college students graduate from the University for Peace, together with the nation’s president
Mogadishu – Somalia’s pool of educational expertise was just lately deepened with the awarding of a sequence of postgraduate levels to 166 college students – together with the nation’s president.
The occasion introduced 29 girls and 137 males to a venue within the Somali capital Mogadishu for a commencement ceremony from the University for Peace, an establishment of upper schooling based by the United Nations Common Meeting some 4 a long time in the past.
“Education changes lives and as such is a cornerstone of the UN mission to build peace, eradicate poverty and drive sustainable development. Education, whether formal or informal, empowers and enables. It drives upward socio-economic mobility, it is the most effective equalizer and, perhaps most importantly, education provides opportunities for recipients to meaningfully contribute to nation-building,” the UN Secretary-General’s Deputy Special Representative for Somalia, Anita Kiki Gbeho, said in her remarks to the graduating students.
“I can consider few locations the place the fruits of schooling are extra related, extra impactful than in Somalia,” added Ms Gbeho, who also currently serves as the head of the United Nations Assistance Mission in Somalia (UNSOM).
Other senior officials and dignitaries who attended the graduation on Friday included Somalia’s Minister of State for Education, Farah Sheikh Abdulkadir; the Special Representative of the Chairperson of the African Union Commission (SRCC) for Somalia, Ambassador Mohamed El-Amine Souef, who also serves as the Head of the African Union Transitional Mission in Somalia (ATMIS); and other representatives from the international community in Somalia.
Founded in 1980, the University for Peace focuses on conflict prevention, human security, human rights, environmental security and post-conflict rehabilitation. In Somalia, it offers specialized postgraduate programs focusing on peacebuilding, conflict prevention, human security, human rights, environmental security and post-conflict resolution.
The context of Somalia
The ceremony was chaired by a member of the University Council, Lalla Ben Barka.
“Achieving a Master’s or PhD degree at a prestigious global higher education institution such as UPEACE [University for Peace] is an event to be celebrated especially within the context of Somalia which [the country] often face obstacles such as conflicts, terrorism and many other challenges,” said Barka.
“Altering the world by the weapon of schooling is about [using] the facility of schooling to carry mild quite than destruction,” she continued. “I will refer to the importance of education in the context of Somalia by quoting former UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan, who said that education is peace-building by another name.”
Based on University for Peace Professor Samuel Kale Ewusi, who focuses on peace research and worldwide relations and serves as director of its regional Africa program, it was by design that the college had operations in Somalia and that the primary Physician of Philosophy (PhD) graduated from this system in Africa all had been from Somalia.
“If the University for Peace has to be in one place in Africa, that place has to be in Somalia – because the university’s mission is to reduce the obstacles to peace. If we have to create peace anywhere, it has to be in Somalia because it was once the foundation for the conflict in Africa, he said.
One of the event’s new graduates, Somalia’s President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud, took the opportunity to address his graduates and highlight the importance education can have in their country’s future development.
“Somalia doesn’t lack competence. We’ve sufficient certified folks now, because of the University for Peace, and we’re getting increasingly more each day. As we speak now we have graduates who couldn’t even dream of graduating in Somalia in particular topics equivalent to environmental science and peace and safety. This can be a new variable,” stated President Mohamud.
“The day I started school in the 1960s until today – this was a very long journey, but it ended successfully when I reached my destination,” he famous. “It shows that anyone can achieve it. If I did it, anyone younger than me who has more time than me can do it.”
To assist and encourage different college students who’re contemplating making use of to the college’s doctoral program, President Mohamud pledged to create a scholarship fund to help the primary 100 college students prepared to pursue a doctorate on the college.
The nation’s chief obtained a doctorate with a deal with peace, governance and improvement. He famous that in August this 12 months he defended his thesis, which was titled “Examining the Challenges of Clan Politics in State Building: A Case Study of Somalia.”
The commencement ceremony was the University of Peace’s second such occasion for college students in its specialised Somalia program. The primary batch of scholars participated in a commencement occasion in 2021.
Based on the college, in recognition of the social and financial difficulties feminine and different college students in Somalia could face in paying for schooling, its tuition charges for Somali college students are the bottom of any of its applications worldwide, whereas sustaining educational requirements . It additionally gives important exemptions and for some college students it covers sure prices.
Schooling in Somalia
Somalia’s Ninth Nationwide Growth Plan, overlaying the interval 2020-24, lists schooling as a key sector crucial to the nation’s prosperity and progress.
The UN in Somalia has been supporting the Federal Authorities within the schooling sector for quite a few years. This consists of the completion of a strategic plan for the schooling sector, the launch of a brand new curriculum for major faculties throughout the nation, the implementation of nationwide examinations in Somalia and the profitable completion of the joint assessment of the schooling sector in Mogadishu.
The world physique can be strongly dedicated to supporting the achievement of the Sustainable Growth Targets (SDGs). The fourth SDG is centered on schooling, with the premise that when folks can get high quality schooling, they’ll get away of the cycle of poverty. This in flip reduces inequalities, permits upward socio-economic mobility and helps obtain gender equality.