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Hello and welcome. In the Name of the Almighty Allah, we are pleased to announce the first step towards establishing the University of Gedo in the city of Bardhere of southern Somalia. This establishment is intended to grow, expand and continue. The curriculum design and physical structure in the blueprint at University of Gedo is complete and modern in its concepts as well as structure. The University of Gedo planning and building project is the result of a long journey of communality consultation and mobilization, fundraising activities, round-table, focus group and panel discussions, volunteerism, advocacy and activism. This is a sole community owned, funded and driven- initiative. It would have been impossible for the realization of this academic institution without the Will of Allah and the generous contributions of Somali communities both inside and abroad in terms of time, commitment, resources and energy. We are grateful to them.
University of Gedo is a private-public higher educational institution which consists of facilities, institutes, schools, and centers as its integral parts. The University has a bicameral system of governance-with the Board of Trustee as the governing body and the Senate as the academic and the administrative body. The Board of Trustee is responsible for the direction, policy-making and all operational aspects of the university. The board sets the university budget, fees, hires faculty, and administrators. The Academic Council is responsible for managing and coordinating the effective delivery of academic programs of the University.
Why Establish the University of Gedo?
The entire education system including property and curriculum were completely destroyed. Moreover, the civil war has deprived generations of Somali children of schooling. The existing statistics suggest that only 13 percent of Somali children have access to education mostly primary education. Forty-five percent of Somalis are under age of fourteen. Consequently, in the next three to four years, over 3 million Somali children will enter adulthood without attending school or learning any literacy skills. This is a grim reality for Somalia and will affect the reconstruction and rebuilding of the country. In addition to the lack of educational opportunities for young people in Somalia, almost all educated people left the country to seek better life elsewhere or fled from the incessant conflict in Somalia. The combination of the collapse of the school system and the flight of educated and skilled people dramatically reduced opportunities for children to go to school. This reality predicts a frightening and gloomy future for Somalia, particularly for Somali children. If Somalia has to recover from the devastation of war, education must play an important role.
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