First Graduation at Alanley Primary School in Gaalkacyo PDF Print




Gaalkacyo, Somalia - Ayan was the head girl at Alanley Primary School in Gaalkacyo; she graduated from Grade Eight in September 2014. She was among six girls and six boys who are the first group to graduate from the school.

The 13-year-old confidently spoke in front of a multitude of people who had gathered at the school compound for the graduation ceremony. Among them were; Parents, teachers, students, education authorities, and community leaders.

On behalf of her fellow graduates Ayan expressed her happiness and encouragement for those still in school; “we are very happy to share this day with you. The happiness that am personally feeling is something that cannot be described.  I would like to encourage current students not to tire from going to school. Reaching this stage took effort and persistence.”

Hibaq Noor, represented CISP at the event; she was invited to particularly speak on matters related to access of education in the area.  She called on communities to support the initiative to send children to school and encourage them to complete their education.

The chairman of the local Community Education Committee (CEC) was also given a chance to speak. He recounted the gains made in education in the area and the school in particular: “I am very happy to be part of this celebration. We spent a lot time and effort to develop this school. There was a time when the school did not have a fence, and had only three classes. A lot has improved and today, we can see the results of our efforts.”

He further noted what can be done for education to thrive: “We need electricity for our children to read in the evening. The students also need support with books and school uniforms.”

The chairman concluded his speech with; a message of encouragement to the graduates urging them to continue with their education and an appeal to parents to enrol their children in school so that they can get an education. 

By Hibaq Noor, Field Project Manager, Gaalkacyo




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