Taiwan Government and the “Simply Help” foundation based in the USA on Tuesday donated computers to the Silanyo National Library in Hargeisa, Somaliland as part of its program to promote digital education.
Ambassador Allen C. Lou of the Taiwan Representative Office in the Republic of Somaliland said the donation was part if his country’s wider project of promoting education in the country.
“People believe that education is the foundation of a country’s development and digital learning is the trend in the 21st century. Through computers donation and internet links, we hope remove the geographical barriers for the Somaliland students and create opportunities for them to match their peers around the world,” said Ambassador Allen C. Lou
Taiwan has previously donated laptops and computers to Nugaal University, Burao University, Berbera Maritime University, Tima-ade University, and Erigavo University.
Ambassador Lou said he had visited Silanyo National Library in March this year and was appalled to see students struggling to use the few computers available.
“Seeing over 5,000 students uses 10 computers was appalling. My office made a request to NGOs to donate computers to help the local students. The Simply Help Foundation responded and here we are to donate new computers. It is a good beginning,” said the Taiwan envoy.
Taiwan is also working with the Somaliland government in ICT cooperation through the TaiwanICDF technical mission which started the “E-government Capability Enhancement Project” last year to enhance government network management and capacity building and to establish the data exchange.
Present during the presentation of the computers to the Silanyo National Library was the Somaliland Ambassadour to Kenya Bashe Omar who expressed his appreciation to the government of Taiwan for the support the country is giving to Somaliland students.
Bashe said the Silanyo National Library is the first of its kind in the country, inaugurated in 2017 by our former President H.E Ahmed Mohamed Mohamoud Silanyo
“This Library has continued to serve our students well as they seek to gain more educational knowledge. Today, Taiwan is coming in to help build the capacity of this institution with a big donation of computers, said Bashe.
He added: “I take this opportunity to thank the government of Taiwan for their commitment in working with Somaliland to empower our students and offer them opportunities to grow. Cooperation on education is one of the areas covered by the Bilateral Protocol Convention signed by Somaliland and Taiwan in February 2020.”
“Taiwan is providing scholarships to Somaliland students so that we can build dreams through education together. Thanks to the cooperation with Taiwan, the future of Somaliland students is brightening by the day. By empowering our students, Taiwan is helping Somaliland in developing human capital to supercharge Somaliland’s development,” stated Bashe.