The Minister of Finance Hon Zam Zam Abdi Deputy Minister of Education and Higher learning Hon Yusuf Garas and Mr. Khadar Ali Gaas , Presidential Advisor on Media Affairs were among top government who received the students of the SOS HG Sheikh Secondary School won the Zayed Future Energy Prize as the winner of the Africa region of the Global High Schools category held last week during an awards ceremony in Abu Dhabi, UAE.
Hon Zam Zam Abdi , speaking during the press conference held at the Egal International Airport said, “The Award won by the students of the SOS HG Sheikh Secondary School proves the standard of education in the country is world class although the country lacks international recognition.
“The government of Somaliland shall increase the amount of financial budget it allocates to the as initiative to support the hard work and also to encourage more international funding for the school”, she said.
The Minister of Finance Hon Zam Zam Abdi and Hon Yusuf Garas Deputy Minister of Education and Higher learning jointly awarded the returning students certificates for diligence.
The award was presented to SOS HG Sheikh Secondary School by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces. Nine winners across five categories received the prize, including former Prime Minister of Norway Gro Harlem Brundtland, who won the Lifetime Achievement award for her long-term commitment to sustainability and sustainable development.
United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, heads of state and dignitaries from around the world attended the awards ceremony, which takes place during Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week, the largest gathering on sustainability in the Middle East.
Dr Nawal Al-Hosany, Director of the Zayed Future Energy Prize, said: “We are delighted to welcome SOS HG Sheikh Secondary School to our growing international community as the 2016 winner of the Africa region of the Global High Schools category. We were impressed by the vision and drive for innovation that was shown within their project proposal. We hope they will act as an inspiration for other schools to want to begin their sustainability journey with the Zayed Future Energy Prize.”