Somali Curriculum Textbooks

This page contains some hard-to-find Somali curriculum text books. The Somali language was written in 1972 and the Revolutionary government of President Mohamed Siyad Barre invested enormous time, energy and resources to formalize the Somali language, harmonize technical vocabulary and make education accessible to the Somali public in their own Somali language. One of the most successful literacy campaigns was carried out in 1973-75. It was required of every Somali citizen to learn how to read and write in Somali. The literacy campaign slogan was “Bar ama baro” which means “If you know, teach. If you don’t know, learn.” The rich Somali literature and poetry was integrated in the education system and was made part of everyday life.  As a result of this effort, Somali became one of the most developed African languages in the 1970s and 80s with students studying Somali up to the university level. However, since the fall of the central government of Somalia in 1991, the Somali language lost its momentum due to lack of any meaningful research and development.

The Department of African American & African Studies at the Ohio State University has developed the one of the only few continuously taught Somali studies programs. Each year, at least six elementary, intermediate and advanced Somali language and culture courses are offered at OSU. Students can choose Somali as a Minor in the academic degree. They can also take one or more courses to meet General Education or Foreign Language requirements.

As part of  OSU’s commitment to Somali Studies, this archive of Somali curriculum textbooks is made available to the public with the aim of keeping the language vibrant. This is by no means a comprehensive list of Somali curriculum books. We need your help to make this list more complete. If you find any of these texts useful or if there are other books that you may be interested in, please let us know by contacting Professor Jibril Sheikh Ali Aw Mohamed at mohamed.196@osu.edu.

SOMALI DICTIONARY:

Dictionary- Biology

Dictionary- Chemistry

Dictionary- Geography

Dictionary- Math

Dictionary- Physics

HIGH SCHOOL TEXTBOOKS 

FORM ONE SOMALI TEXTBOOKS

Form 1 Biology

Form 1 Chemistry

Form 1 Geography

Form 1 Geography1

Form 1 History

Form 1 Literature 2

Form 1 Literature

FORM TWO SOMALI TEXTBOOKS

Form 2 Physics

Form 2 Physics2

FORM THREE TEXTBOOKS:

Form 3 Biology

FORM FOUR TEXTBOOKS:

Form 4 Geography

Form 4 History

Form 4 Literature

Form 4 Math

Form 4 Physics

 

GRADE SCHOOL BOOKS:

FIRST GRADE BOOKS:

Grade 1 Math

Grade 1 Science

Grade 1 Somali

SECOND GRADE BOOKS:

Grade 2 Geography

Grade 2 History

Grade 2 Math

Grade 2 Science

Grade 2 Somali

Grade 2 Somali1

THIRD GRADE BOOKS:

Grade 3 Geography

Grade 3 History

Grade 3 History1

Grade 3 Math

Grade 3 Math2

Grade 3 Science

Grade 3 Somali

Grade 3 Somali1

FOURTH GRADE BOOKS:

Grade 4 Geography

Grade 4 History

Grade 4 Literature

Grade 4 Math

Grade 4 Science

Grade 4 Somali

FIFTH GRADE BOOKS:

Grade 5 Geography

Grade 5 History

Grade 5 Literature

Grade 5 Math

Grade 5 Science

Grade 5 Science2

Grade 5 Somali

Grade 5 Somali1

Grade 5 Somali2

SIXTH GRADE BOOKS:

Grade 6 Somali

SEVENTH GRADE BOOKS:

Grade 7 Somali

Grade 7 Somali1

EIGHTH GRADE BOOKS:

Grade 8 Somali

Grade Middle Sch Stories

SOMALI GRAMMAR BOOKS:

Grammar- Kirk

Grammar- Mansur Answers

Grammar- Raabbi- Modern

Grammar- Shiraac

Grammar- Shire Jama

Grammar- Weereynta- Waasuge

Grammar-Galaal

Grammar-Kirk2

Grammar-Phoenetics- Raabi

Grammar-Raabi- writing

Grammer- Language Committee

 

SOMALI POETRY:

Poetry of Sayid Mohamed Abdulle Hassan

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Somali Stories:

Ayaan daran (qiso dhab ah) 3

10 thoughts on “Somali Curriculum Textbooks

  1. mala heli karaa 10 ka maado ee laga dhigo iskuulaadka muqdisho iyakoo diyaarsan fadlan warbixn ayaan idiinka sugaayaa mahadsanidiin

  2. Thanks more and more for your struggle collection knowledge program education and the advancing somali curriculum education for different grades and levels

  3. Thanks more and more for struggling and collection previous Somalia curriculum education for the new generation

  4. Omg it’s amazing I haven’t never thought that I can get scientific subjects written as Somali language thank you mr professor my Allah reward you for your efforts ❤️❤️❤️

  5. Excellent resources, has lots of sentimental value as a Somali teacher who contributed and used these resources.

    Thank you from the bottom of my heart

  6. Wonderful work Jibril!

    JIbril and OSU’s African American and African Studies Department has done wonders in archiving such a rich collection of Somali curriculum material. Af Somali still remains one of the top three most developed African languages.

    The Af Somali literacy campaign in the 1970s and subsequent developed curriculum saved and printed material dating back to more than 240 years. Famous poems and stories in the primary and high school text books published in 1970s contain historical events, poems, stories and other content from mid eighth century contemporary Somali culture.

    NEW CURRICULUM 46 YEARS LATER

    I am pleased to share with you that today June 11th, 2018, after nearly 28 years of fractured and competing curriculum and education systems across different regions in Somalia, and without an enforceable national curriculum for primary and secondary education in Somalia, new comprehensive curriculum is being launched in Mogadishu for primary and high schools in Somalia.

    Curriculum Development Office/Dept. from the Ministry of Education, Culture and Higher Education (MoECHE) has worked hard in the last two years and is finally giving Somalia a new national curriculum.

    Indications are, in the next 2 or 3 years, there will be harmonized national graduation exams for primary and secondary education from Hargaisa to Kismayo.

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