Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid, Vice President and Ruler of Dubai, Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces, and Enrique Pena Nieto, President of Mexico presented the award to a student representative from the school during the Zayed Future Energy Prize ceremony held in Abu Dhabi last Tuesday.
“We are happy that one of our SOS Children’s Villages programs is the winner of this prestigious award. Education is key for development and as an organization we believe in sustainable solutions,” said Nicole Nassar, Managing Director of the Gulf Area Office.
The SOS HG Sheikh Secondary School is situated in Sheikh town in Somaliland which is three hours’ drive from the capital, Hargeisa. It has 300 students inside the school campus and boarding houses therefor the students, teachers and administration.
The school was built in the 1950s with the objective of training student for leadership roles. The school was closed with the fall of the central government in 1991 and was reopened in 2002 under the supervision of SOS Children's Village in Somaliland as one of many programmes for orphans and vulnerable children in the country and the region.