The Importance of Education | Edna Adan Ismail | TEDxHargeisa

When there were no schools for girls where they lived, Edna tells us how her father home-schooled her and how that opportunity shaped her entire life.

Edna is the former Foreign Minister of Somaliland. She also served as Somaliland's Minister of Family Welfare and Social Development. She is the director and founder of the Edna Adan Maternity Hospital in Hargeisa and an activist and pioneer in the struggle for the abolition of female genital mutilation.

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Author Kowsar Abdi ( ago)
the sad part is that the education of somaliland isn't recognised by any country so i recommend don't give the students false hope but very nice lecture miss Edna Aden you are an inspiring person 💜

Author Eng; mohamed Axmed ( ago)
did any one knows that she has two ulcers on her head coused by forcestep born?. bringing out of her mother to the world.

Author Ahmed Hussein ( ago)
Your education khasaara qabiil ayaa wadaa bla bla bla

Author Maxamed Omer ( ago)
Iam very hapy wy you are a mather of soomaaliland evry time your atention how to increase and how to improve the educatoin in soomaaliland so i wish you, your atentoin in that

Author saamiya Colhaye ( ago)
mansha Allah. Adna Aadan ismail tusalaha iyo ku dasho mudan. Mamo nolow . Allah keeps you. .viva Dr.Adna

Author oscar plato ( ago)
iam very proud of you Mam
miss Edna Adam good lecture
that i understood
from your
heart Mam

Author Aar Lion ( ago)
well said hooyo somaliyeed

Author Abdi Rageedii ( ago)
Her education is consumed by her tribalism. Shes a die hard isaaq.

Author shakir farah ( ago)
Trully inspirational and I name my daughter after Adna. i love her energy and wit.

Author yaxye maxamed ( ago)
Manzhallah Allh great U Mam of somaliland Edna Adan

Author Halima Abdi ( ago)
Mahadsanid Adna Tusaaladaada Waxbarashada ku saabsan, lakiin Afka Qalaad ma Aqoon baad mooday?. Ado Hargeysa jooga oo Dhalinyaro Soomali ah ku gubaabinaya Fa'idada Waxbarashada maxa ku diiday in aad ugu gudbiso Aqoontaada Afkooda Soomaliga ah oo Luqad kasta ka ganisan!!. Kombaleesadana iska saar Cimri baad joogta ee, Soomaaliya Mustaqbalkeedu wa Wanaago, nuur iyo Niyad wanaag ba ka soo ifaye.

Author Abdirizak Ahmed ( ago)
thank you Edna Iwill do my best

Author Samatar Ali ( ago)
She is really amazing, we should really proud some one like that in our society

Author majid ahmed ( ago)
simply AWESOME

Author Abdifatah Mohed ( ago)
Thats my Somaliland people, thats the greatness of Somaliland people intelligence ....... Mom you said a historical and great heart touching speech may allah grant you adna.

Author AKA Mohamed OMAR ISMAEL ( ago)
u inispired me mom, u deserve the noble prize walahi. i promise one day u will be proud of what a humble son brings to his people and his country. may allah forgive you and see u in jannah.

Author Sofia Sofia ( ago)
Truly Amazing women!. She must be in our history books.

Author Yahya Kamara ( ago)
Salaam Alaikum Edna, You may not remember but we met one weekend around the Washington, DC/Northern Va area. I never thought to see you on the internet speaking. Insha' allah I wish to visit your hospital for a short summer volunteer and maybe teach English language.

Author Yahya Kamara ( ago)
To the TEDx Talks,

How can I get to record and send my story about my self and my people from Sierra Leonae and Nigeria?

I am located in the Philadelphia, Pennsylvania area.

Thank you for listening...

Yahya Kamara

Author abdullahi mohamud ( ago)
she delivered a great speech but Somalia is a Somalia there is no what's call Somaliland!!!!

Author abdinasir nur ( ago)
What is what somali mother can do.I'
m very proud to you

Author Baxsan Koshin ( ago)
Masha ALLAH mama amazing good idea appreciate really your idea thanks more and more

Author Mohamed Guleid ( ago)
Thank you Drs Edna for this heart felt speech, btw i'm surprised that Edna is 77 years old she seems more younger than that, may Allah privilege her with health and right faith... you are one among the somaliland rare historical people whose very hard being compensated.>>> you are real entrepreneur and had working lady who served her country with loyalty and love.

Author asma sakia ( ago)
amazing good idea i really appreciate your idea

Author abd Almajed Saleh ( ago)
10q 4 the talk

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