The Importance of Education | Edna Adan Ismail | TEDxHargeisa

  • Added:  Year ago
  • When there were no schools for girls where they lived, Edna tells us how her father home-schooled her and how that opportunity shaped her entire life.

    Edna is the former Foreign Minister of Somaliland. She also served as Somaliland's Minister of Family Welfare and Social Development. She is the director and founder of the Edna Adan Maternity Hospital in Hargeisa and an activist and pioneer in the struggle for the abolition of female genital mutilation.

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  • Runtime: 15:17
  • TEDxTalks  English  Somalia  Education  Women  

Comments: 36

  • Halimo Abdi
    Halimo Abdi 14 days ago

    I mean to say forget a peoples

  • Halimo Abdi
    Halimo Abdi 14 days ago

    77 years ago hargeysa wasn't even real city there was berly a peoples get a was hospital

  • Abdi Fatah
    Abdi Fatah 2 months ago +1

    Tnks Dr's Edna Adam it's very important story
    so education

  • Kowsar Abdi
    Kowsar Abdi 6 months ago +2

    the sad part is that the education of somaliland isn't recognised by any country so i recommend don't give the students false hope but very nice lecture miss Edna Aden you are an inspiring person ­čĺť

  • Gilin Films
    Gilin Films 6 months ago

    did any one knows that she has two ulcers on her head coused by forcestep born?. bringing out of her mother to the world.

  • Ahmed Hussein
    Ahmed Hussein 8 months ago

    Your education khasaara qabiil ayaa wadaa bla bla bla

    • Daahir Dhere
      Daahir Dhere 27 days ago

      Ahmed Hussein ma qabil ka hadadhay islaantu war waxan jaahilki muxu aha

  • Maxamed Omer
    Maxamed Omer 9 months ago +1

    Iam very hapy wy you are a mather of soomaaliland evry time your atention how to increase and how to improve the educatoin in soomaaliland so i wish you, your atentoin in that

  • saamiya Colhaye
    saamiya Colhaye 10 months ago

    mansha Allah. Adna Aadan ismail tusalaha iyo ku dasho mudan. Mamo nolow . Allah keeps you. .viva Dr.Adna

  • oscar plato
    oscar plato 10 months ago +2

    iam very proud of you Mam
    miss Edna Adam good lecture
    that i understood
    from your
    heart Mam

  • Aar Lion
    Aar Lion 11 months ago +1

    well said hooyo somaliyeed

  • Abdi  Rageedii
    Abdi Rageedii Year ago +3

    Her education is consumed by her tribalism. Shes a die hard isaaq.

    • intellectually curious
      intellectually curious 2 months ago

      it is shame to say those kind of rude words to a successful,hardworking and people's doctor of today... DR ADNE is a role model to all somali girls regardless of where they come from and born.

    • Abdi  Rageedii
      Abdi Rageedii 5 months ago

      Our countries? Were you born yesterday? Clearly you have been brainwashed tremendously. Waqooyi was never a country neither koonfur. Before the colony the whole Africa had no borders people were formers and nomads and used to crisscross. During the colonization era the Somali people in all the 5 territories wanted to overthrow the white men and unite. SYL worked hard the liberation of both north and south. It was planned both to take the independence at the same time. So you claiming that two countries have joined is absolutely baseless. The Somali blue flag was made by SYL aiming to unite the whole Somali territories. and they put it up in the north first and then 5 days later in the South. Ask yourself how can two different countries have the same flag?

    • Abdi  Rageedii
      Abdi Rageedii 6 months ago

      Mohamed Abdi
      War she said Isaaq and Xabashi came from the same qabiil. She said all the other Somali clans are disease. Go check up her other videos where she speaks about recognizing Qabiil baa dilooday habartaan weyn. Marna masarka wey iska tuurtaa marna wey sidataa. She has few years left in her life so I don't mind her anymore

    • Mohamed Abdi
      Mohamed Abdi 6 months ago

      Abdi Rageedii why r u hating on the mom. Just because she was born hargeza doesn't she is qabiley . Cadi iska diga somaliyey

  • shakir farah
    shakir farah Year ago +2

    Trully inspirational and I name my daughter after Adna. i love her energy and wit.

  • yaxye maxamed
    yaxye maxamed Year ago +1

    Manzhallah Allh great U Mam of somaliland Edna Adan

  • Halima Abdi
    Halima Abdi Year ago +3

    Mahadsanid Adna Tusaaladaada Waxbarashada ku saabsan, lakiin Afka Qalaad ma Aqoon baad mooday?. Ado Hargeysa jooga oo Dhalinyaro Soomali ah ku gubaabinaya Fa'idada Waxbarashada maxa ku diiday in aad ugu gudbiso Aqoontaada Afkooda Soomaliga ah oo Luqad kasta ka ganisan!!. Kombaleesadana iska saar Cimri baad joogta ee, Soomaaliya Mustaqbalkeedu wa Wanaago, nuur iyo Niyad wanaag ba ka soo ifaye.

  • Abdirizak Ahmed
    Abdirizak Ahmed Year ago

    thank you Edna Iwill do my best

  • Samatar Ali
    Samatar Ali Year ago +2

    She is really amazing, we should really proud some one like that in our society

  • majid ahmed
    majid ahmed Year ago

    simply AWESOME

  • Abdifatah M Abdi
    Abdifatah M Abdi Year ago +6

    Thats my Somaliland people, thats the greatness of Somaliland people intelligence ....... Mom you said a historical and great heart touching speech may allah grant you adna.


    u inispired me mom, u deserve the noble prize walahi. i promise one day u will be proud of what a humble son brings to his people and his country. may allah forgive you and see u in jannah.

  • Sofia Sofia
    Sofia Sofia Year ago +1

    Truly Amazing women!. She must be in our history books.

  • Yahya Kamara
    Yahya Kamara Year ago +2

    Salaam Alaikum Edna, You may not remember but we met one weekend around the Washington, DC/Northern Va area. I never thought to see you on the internet speaking. Insha' allah I wish to visit your hospital for a short summer volunteer and maybe teach English language.

  • Yahya Kamara
    Yahya Kamara Year ago

    To the TEDx Talks,

    How can I get to record and send my story about my self and my people from Sierra Leonae and Nigeria?

    I am located in the Philadelphia, Pennsylvania area.

    Thank you for listening...

    Yahya Kamara

  • abdullahi mohamud

    she delivered a great speech but Somalia is a Somalia there is no what's call Somaliland!!!!

  • abdinasir nur
    abdinasir nur Year ago

    What is what somali mother can do.I'
    m very proud to you

  • Baxsan Koshin
    Baxsan Koshin Year ago +1

    Masha ALLAH mama amazing good idea appreciate really your idea thanks more and more

  • Mohamed Guleid
    Mohamed Guleid Year ago +5

    Thank you Drs Edna for this heart felt speech, btw i'm surprised that Edna is 77 years old she seems more younger than that, may Allah privilege her with health and right faith... you are one among the somaliland rare historical people whose very hard being compensated.>>> you are real entrepreneur and had working lady who served her country with loyalty and love.

    • Waryaa Heedheh
      Waryaa Heedheh Year ago

      +Mohamed Guleid
      *That is an amazing speech madam. Adan; that is the future for our animal like society that doesn't value human life and justice. If only we Somali people could recognize this we would make great progress. Somalia has a great future.*

    • FarmaTemne
      FarmaTemne Year ago

      +Mohamed Guleid good

  • asma sakia
    asma sakia Year ago +1

    amazing good idea i really appreciate your idea

  • abd Almajed Saleh

    10q 4 the talk

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