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Educational Excellence To educate future generations of Somalis by providing quality higher education options and supporting strong primary school education for tens of thousands of deserving children.

Our Progress

We believe that brilliance knows no boundaries. Abaarso students are admitted on raw potential and then challenged to achieve true excellence.  Despite starting Abaarso with only early elementary school Math and English skills, students gain 2+ grade levels per year and graduate prepared for top universities across the globe. There are currently 82 Abaarso students studying on scholarships at international boarding schools/universities, including the impressive examples below:

Our Future Plans

Many Abaarso graduates plan to one day become educational innovators in their own country.  They have already returned during summers to teach classes or programs at the school, and several of Abaarso’s first college graduates will soon be full-time Abaarso teachers. The long-term goal is for Abaarso graduates to fully run the school. A 10-year strategic plan is currently being implemented for a “network” of elementary schools that can be rolled out across the country to educate tens of thousands more students with a quality early education foundation.

What Students are Saying

“the teachers at Abaarso set high standards for us…they also believe that we can achieve these higher standards and that makes us believe in ourselves”
– Nimco Ismail