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SOS Sheikh Secondary School

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SOS Sheikh Secondary School
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The SOS Sheikh Secondary School is situated near the town of Sheikh in a remote part of the country Somaliland, and a three-hour drive from the country's capital, Hargeisa. The once-renowned boarding school was established in British Somaliland and at independence was considered one of the top schools in the country.[1] Its the birth-place of one of Somalia's National Anthems, the song Soomaaliyeey toosoo was composed by the teachers of Sheikh Secondary School [2]. It was mostly destroyed in fighting in 1989, and had fallen into further disrepair during the Somali civil war. [3][4]

In September 2002, Dick and Enid Eyeington moved to Somalia to take on the restoration and running of this derelict boarding school. Following years of closure, the SOS Sheikh Secondary School reopened in January 2003 to its first 53 pupils, 45 boys and 8 girls. Another 50 pupils arrived in September 2003.

In October 2003 the Eyeingtons were murdered by Somali gunmen of Al-Itihaad. The school has since reopened and continues to work to improve the lot of Somali children.

The first Somali principal of the school after the British was Ghalib Musa Afi. This school is currently double curriculum, Somaliland curriculum and IGCSE curriculum. Current school principal is Mr. Adam Muse who tirelessly works with the Students.


  1. Failed States: When Governance Goes Wrong! - Page 55 by Abdullahi Dool 1998
  2. Hsinhua Weekly - Issues 26-52 - Page 21: "to declare independence we young teachers of the Sheikh Secondary School composed the song “Wake Up Somalia"
  3. "Somaliland- SOS Sheikh Secondary School Entry Examination 2018". Somaliland Sun. Retrieved 22 September 2018.
  4. "Pharo Secondary School, Sheikh". The Pharo Foundation. Retrieved 5 September 2019.

See also[edit]

  • Somaliland
  • List of schools in Somaliland

External links[edit]

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