Abdirahman Mohammed Abtidoon (Somali Teacher)

Abdirahman Mohammed Abtidoon (Somali: C/raxmaan Maxamed Abtidoon). Only a fraction of Somalia’s population could read or write in the early 1970s. So the Somali government launched a hugely ambitious literacy campaign.

What was unusual was that many of the teachers were schoolchildren – sent into the countryside to teach adults. Somalia became the only country (and a prime example) to have succesfully implemented a literacy campaign within such a short time-frame.

Abdirahman Mohammed Abtidoon — who was 14 at the time — talks about this remarkable campaign, what he witnessed, the general euphoria of the Somali people, the extreme patriotic fervour and team-work displayed.



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