Somaliland: The PAX Means Peace Scholarship Program and Abaarso School Exchange Students

Abaarso is a premier 7th-12th grade co-ed boarding school outside Hargeisa, Somaliland that is changing lives and helping to rebuild a nation.

Somalilandsun: For decades, PAX has provided scholarship opportunities for impressive international teens who could otherwise not afford to follow their dreams of being an exchange student in the U.S. The PAX Means Peace Scholars program is in keeping with these efforts and serves as an exciting boost to an already-inspiring education success story—that of our partner, Abaarso School of Science and Technology.

Located in Somaliland, Abaarso is an English-language boarding school for the brightest boys and girls from across the region. With only about 200 students from grades 7 to 12, the school routinely sends more than a dozen graduates to elite universities in the U.S. Their story is so impressive in fact that CBS’ 60 Minutes aired a segment on the Horn of Africa school.

Each year, a group of very impressive teenagers arrives in the U.S. from the Abaarso School of Science and Technology in Somaliland. The PAX Means Peace Scholarship program places Abaarso exchange students with host families across the U.S..


It started in 2015 with an adventurous scholar named Shukri. After finishing up high school back in Somaliland, the esteemed PAX alumna set off for Wellesley College—one of the top liberal arts colleges in the U.S. We’re confident that she is destined for great things and can’t wait for the next update!

Shukri-the first PAX Means Peace Scholar from Abaarso-Somaliland to the USA

The Abaarso School has an international reputation for academic excellence. PAX Means Peace students bring an enthusiasm for learning and sharing their home culture with their host communities. Like all exchange students, their stories explore similarities and differences, homesickness, the joys of connecting with their host families, and much more. follow the link to Learn More