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Somaliland And Its University Graduates

Issue 291
Front Page

Qaran Leaders’ Trial Opens
In Mandhera Jail’s Vicinity

Violations Against The Rights Of The Leaders Of The QARAN Political Organization

Fighting breaks out between Sool and Puntland clans

Somali oil bill targets former concession-holders

Letter To The Editor

Somalia Is Still A Failed State

Armed clan feud in Somalia kills 16

Somalia: War Crimes in Mogadishu

Commencement of Second Phase of National Reconciliation Congress

Nurse Tutor/ Lecturers wanted for posts in Somaliland

The World After Bush Part II: Somalia

Regional Affairs

Peacemaker assassinated

250 More Troops For Somalia

Special Report

International News

U.N. peacekeepers may head to Somalia

Woman wins US court battle over hijab

On-The-Record Briefing On U.S.-Eritrea Relations

Martin L. King Jr. & Acceptable Killing of Children by Air Strikes in Iraq, Afghanistan, Somalia

Lawmaker Apologizes for Muslim Remarks


Safirka: An American Envoy

China's Play for Somalia's Oil


Puntland:" A State or a Parasitic Entity within the Body Politic Of Somalia?

Land disputes fuel tensions in war-torn south Sudan

East African Nations Creating Regional Peacekeeping Force

Food for thought


Somaliland And Its University Graduates

Letter To The President Of Somaliland

Will Future Somaliland Presidents Ever Make The Mo Ibrahim Foundation List For Good Governance

No Chance for Kulmiye But Reforms

(As amended)
LAW NO 14/2000

The Family Circle Is The Survival Of Our Nation

The internationally approved Sub-clan cleansing/genocide in Moqadisho/Somalia

The Triumph of Rayale and Somaliland Tragedies

Ahmed KBy heyre, London

We have all heard the quotes on the value of a good education, but the question is what does one do with a good education?

In the case of Somaliland, much to the credit of the nation’s higher learning institutions, a slew of graduates, most recently medical graduates, have emerged. This feat unheard of in an unrecognized and underfunded country. I am sure, some experts in the UN, EU, or the AU are sitting at their desks, shaking their heads in bewilderment. They are wondering how this small and under-developed, but determined nation, achieved such a historic feats with minimal external financial or logistic support!

But, I digress, let us return to the question of what Somaliland has to offer these new graduates? Somaliland's schools, private and public are churning out graduates every year. I don't have the figures at my fingertips, but I would think that its one of the highest rates, in Africa. Fortuitously, these high school graduates have at least six options of higher learning within the country. But what happens after graduating?

Somaliland is producing, doctors, engineers, nurses, economist, teachers, and so on. The question now, is how does Somaliland retain these graduates? How can Somaliland offer opportunities to these recent graduates, without losing them to the fake "bright lights" of expatriate life? A life which often leads to family strife, alienation and miss-appropriation of a foreign culture. No, there has to be better options at home.

Somaliland has done very well in finding positions for most of its graduates, with the brightest securing further education overseas, however, until the on-set of full international recognition, the current situation is untenable. There are only so much vacancies within the central public sector. On the other hand Somaliland's nascent private sector is unable to absorb these new graduates at the present time, so, it is time that Somalilanders put their thinking caps on and come up with solutions to furthering the promise of these graduates.

One can never accuse Somaliland of political stagnation, but economic stagnation is very much on the horizon. I urge the international communities to pay attention the situation in Somaliland. Aside from the usual political hurdles placed against Somaliland's independence, it is imperative that the international communities realize that its unfathomable attitude towards Somaliland is going to have a profound effect on the country's' educated youngsters.

These youngsters are the future of the country, and unless they are assisted in fulfilling their potential, then it is inevitable they will become a future problem for these developed international societies.

Some may argue that Europe with its declining birth-rate, is in dire need of a fusion of fresh blood. But that is not the case, with the enlargement of the EU, an educated Somalilander would have as slim or no chance of finding work.

Most graduates in Somaliland would rather make a good life in their country instead of starting from scratch in a foreign land. The reason many Somalilanders have a strong attachment to their country, is purely cultural. To this day, many expatriate Somalilanders are returning and investing in the their country. However, these expatriates can do only so much, and without full international recognition, Somaliland will face a serious "brain-drain".

So, the call to the international communities is to begin appreciating, not only the democratic credentials of Somaliland, but also, to note the affect their misguided attitude towards Somaliland is having on the nations best and brightest.


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