OLPC Somaliland


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 Country Information
 ISO Country Code SO
 Wikipedia Article Wikipedia Link
 Government Support Unknown
 Deployment None
 Keyboard Layout OLPC_English_Keyboard
 Written Somali
 Spoken Somali
 Secondary Written English (en)
 Secondary Spoken English (en)



Somaliland (Somali: Somaliland, Arabic: صوماللاند‎ Ṣūmālilānd or أرض الصومال Arḍ aṣ-Ṣūmāl) is an unrecognised self-declared de facto sovereign state that is internationally recognised as an autonomous region of Somalia.[5][8] The government of Somaliland regards itself as the successor state to the British Somaliland protectorate, which was independent on 26 June 1960 as the State of Somaliland,[9][10] before uniting with the Trust Territory of Somalia (the former Italian Somaliland) on 1 July 1960 to form the Somali Republic.

Somaliland is bordered by Ethiopia in the south and west, Djibouti in the northwest, the Gulf of Aden in the north, and the autonomous Puntland region of Somalia to the east.

Read more http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Somaliland

OLPC Somaliland

Somaliland is one of the poorest, underdeveloped countries in the world. The most recent statistics show that the total enrolment in primary and secondary schools in Somaliland was 200,000 (less than 20% of all school aged children). The Somaliland ministry of education hopes to increase literacy levels across the country to 75 percent by 2015. Currently there are no resources available for students to aid with their learning after school throughout Somaliland, and students often go to the streets rather than complete their homework/projects. We see OLPC Somaliland as an initiative, which will aim to improve both teaching and learning standards in some of the poorest schools in Somaliland. We hope that launching OLPC Somaliland will ameliorate the government’s target to increase literacy and numeracy rates of school-aged children.

In early 2013, a group of volunteers based in Melbourne, Australia teamed up with youth group based in Hargeisa, Somaliland. Subsequently OLPC Somaliland was launched.

Key Objectives

- Provided after school support for students
- Help Educators plan better teaching materials / curriculum
- Aim to target more girls into learning & teaching
- Introduce students to the internet & computer technology


We have recently submitted an application to OLPC to lend XO Laptops for the school year of 2013. We have asked for a small number of laptops, to achieve our objectives outlined above. We aim to help between 6-8 of the poorest schools in Somaliland. Our project proposition is currently under review, but we are are optimistic that it will be accepted and that we can hopefully start this project soon.

Stay tuned.

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