Sat Feb 11, 2012
Iran’s Imam Khomeini Relief Foundation has opened a new educational institution in the capital city of Mogadishu in Somalia, Press TV reports.
The institute, located in Mogadishu’s Hamar Wayne district, has been equipped with computers and is designed to accommodate more than seventy students.
“As you see today, the educational workshops consist of tailoring, hand skills and computers. These projects are for the orphans and the poor people,” Abdulzahar Alsaidi of the Imam Khomeini Relief Foundation told Press TV.
The students are also provided with sewing machines and will receive certificates and diplomas at the end of the training course.
“The course will last four months and the participants will get certificates when they have completed it,” Alsaidi added.
The Foundation also sponsors Quran learning centers in Mogadishu in a bid to foster the knowledge of Islam to the Somali youth who have been forced to endure civil war for more than two decades now.
Several Somali lawmakers attended the opening ceremony of the institute on Thursday and expressed their gratitude to Iran for its generous aid to the Somali people.
“It is not only the fact that they are opening a project like this in here. Already they have implemented various projects in different places in Mogadishu,” Mohamed Omar Dalha a Somali MP told Press TV.
“They have also distributed much food and health care to Somali people in different camps in the city,” the Somali lawmaker added.
Somalia has not had a functioning government since 1991, when warlords overthrew former dictator Mohamed Siad Barre.
Strategically located in the Horn of Africa, Somalia is one of the countries generating the highest number of refugees and internally displaced people in the world.