Through a yearlong youth leadership program, they learned how to work with people of different viewpoints, values, and perspectives, and how to interact with public officials and others to get things done.
In one project, a group of students from Hormud Primary School replaced five wooden classroom doors with metallic ones. Thieves had previously broken into their classes and stolen chairs. Consequently, the school administration, parents, and pupils lived in fear of thieves.
The school now looks more beautiful, and community members say that chairs, books, and other teaching materials in the classroom are secure.
Another group led the repair of 10 kilometers that link Mudud (Puntland State) and Galmudug (South Central Somalia). This road passes through a red line that divides Puntland and South Central Somalia. For many years, the red line has been a no-crossing line, particularly for men.
The public achievement program has also gained support from the community.
One community leader said, “I didn’t believe the youth could one day think of working towards a better Somalia. It is a real breakthrough since they are able to think of solutions of community problems they have identified.”