Burao Academy Project
Working for Change – following 25 years of civil war and political unrest, Somalia’s youth have found themselves in crisis. Few, if any, educational or employment opportunities are available in this divided and unstable part of the world. The children have suffered the most. Without any of the positive influences offered by a peaceful society, many uneducated Somali youths are left with virtually no hope and fall victim to negative influences.
Creating an Environment of Academic Excellence – Burao Academy (BA) of Science & Technology is a Karin Foundation project currently underway in Burao, Somalia. The mission of BA is to offer comprehensive education which is complimented with career training in the scientific and technical fields. We prepare students for real–world situations with a seamless combination of academics along with technical applications and analytical problem solving skills.
BA will prepare junior high and high school age students to become the future engineers, computer scientists, entrepreneurs, community leaders and skilled labor force within Somalia. BA will educate a student body of 300 students (50 students per grade level) with a special emphasis on recruiting a minimum of 25% girls. The goal will be for a 50-50 boy-to-girl ratio within four years of opening. Due to the high demand for quality education within Somalia, we anticipate increasing enrollment to 75 students per grade within three years with an eventual student body of 450 students. We believe education is key to avoiding war, discouraging negative behaviors, eliminating gender inequality and overcoming poverty. We aim to be the school of choice for students and a technical resource for employers throughout East Africa.