Somaliland: SDF Project to Revive the 1958 British Government Established Dayaha School in Sanaag


Dayaha School structures have never been rehabilitated or added to since they were erected by Britain in 1958

By: Yusuf M Hasan
Somalilandsun – Dayaha boarding school in Erigavo of Sanaag region which was is currently in a worn down time and weather deprecated condition having never seen any maintenance or improvements by the many successive governments of Somalia and Somaliland since it built by the government of great Brittan the then colonial masters of Somaliland in 1958.
The birth of the institution came via a notice posted in the Somaliland Gazette dated 26th July 1958 by acting chief secretary to the British government in Hargeisa P. Carrel and invoking the expropriation of land law 81 informed intended acquisition of land by the Governor at Dayaha Valley in Erigavo district for the purpose of providing a government intermediate school.
The institution originally established as an intermediate school later turned to an esteemed agricultural college that produced high level professionals during it’s hey days has with time and negligence been demoted to the status of kindergarten and lower primary school.
Sheep housed at Dayaha boarding schoolThe school has been extensively looted, partially demolished and is currently being used as a shelter for livestock by pastoralists while Students have to travel a long distance on the rough Erigavo-Burao road in order to attend higher education in Hargeisa and Borame.
But according to Eng. Abdi Ali who supervised a rehabilitative assessment at the institution recently circumstances are set to change through a $750,000 allocated by the Somaliland Development Fund to make the facilitate operational once again.
Though the SDF funding is much welcomed and long overdue the project announced a couple of months ago is yet to take off thus highly recommended that implementation be expedited to revive the esteemed institution back thence satisfy the existing need of skilled mid-level agriculturists in lieu of their imperatives towards ensuring food sufficiency leading to increased exports and reduced imports.