Hormuud is proud to support literature and learning as 6th Mogadishu International Book Fair concludes

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Hormuud is proud to support literature and learning as 6th Mogadishu International Book Fair concludes

MOGADISHU, Somalia – Somalia’s annual Mogadishu International Book Fair ended on Friday, after the event was suspended last year due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The event featured a range of readings and panels from a range of prominent Somali poets, writers, teachers, literary editors and public figures.

Speakers included Colleen Crenwelge, representing the US Embassy in Somalia, Abdirahman, chairman of the Hamar Readers Club, and authors Abdirisaaq Jidhi and Hamse Omar.

The event was made possible through the sponsorship of Hormuud Telecom, Somalia’s largest private employer who has sponsored the Book Fair since 2015, among other regional book fairs including fairs in Kismayo, Baidoa, Gedo and Adado.

Hormuud Telecom has joined a host of other top sponsors including other large companies, UNICEF Somalia, USAID Somalia and IOM Somalia.

Such massive national and international support signals the importance of literary heritage to the history of Somalia and its role in providing a path to peace and security.

This sentiment was echoed by Prime Minister Ruble on Twitter, who urged pen and book to replace guns and tribalism.

A key theme of the three-day festival was how to make reading and writing inclusive for Somali children and how to share Somalia’s rich literary and poetic history with them. Literature, poets and poems are highly respected by the Somali people.

Literature is a means of communicating and transmitting wisdom between generations. A highlight of the event was the inviting of selected students from schools in Mogadishu to the Kids’ Corner, where they enjoyed reading, storytelling and cultural tales.

Mr. Yasin Hassan, Head of Corporate Affairs at Hormuud Telecom, said: “For Hormuud, the sponsorship of the Book Fair is part of a larger investment in Somali youth. Our main mission is to help young Somalis achieve their ambitions, whether through financial infrastructure to support entrepreneurship or educational and community activities, which are essential to their development.

As Hormuud Telecom celebrates its 20th anniversary next year, its far-reaching CSR activities bear witness to this commitment. Hormuud has sponsored the Banadir regional football league since 2005, as well as the Mogadishu Super Cup since 2013.

The company also established the non-profit Hormuud University in 2010 to address the professional skills gap in Somalia. In addition to undergraduate degrees in arts and social sciences, the university also offers degrees in engineering, computer science and computer science; Economic Science and Buisness Administration.

The university offers master’s degrees and has links with the University of Malaysia, the University of Nairobi, the University of Sudan for Science and Technology, and the University of Khartoum.

Mr. Hassan continues: “Our mission is to enable the whole of Somali society to participate in the development and construction of their country.

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