Summer school celebrates graduation and Somali culture

Mohamed Hassan hugged his older sister Ifrah Hassan as he was surrounded by family members after his graduation ceremony on June 8, 2017 at the Minneapolis Convention Center in Minneapolis, Minn. ] RENEE JONES SCHNEIDER ¥

Horumar Summer School offers programming designed for immigrant and low-income families.

Horumar means advancement in Somali and the Horumar Summer School celebrated roughly 140 advancements at their graduation ceremony on Tuesday.

The school is open to all, but is designed to meet the needs of the 140 students who predominantly come from immigrant and low-income families.

Along with the regular features of school — academics, arts and athletics — the program offers young people the opportunity to connect with their ancestral culture.

“Many children forget where they come from or who they are,” said Sahra Hashi, the executive director of the Somali Canadian Women and Children Association. “We want them to remember there’s a heritage they need to keep.”

The school is run by the association out of the J.J. Bowlen Junior High School, and many of the families in the crowd belong to the Somali diaspora.

The inaugural camp in 2015 hosted about 75 students before growing to its current size. Hashi said the program offers some relief for those parents, while giving students the chance to keep up with their schooling.

“Education is always number one. For them to keep the knowledge they learned from school, not to lose it during the summer program,” she said.

There were also workshops on women’s rights and Black Canadian history during the month-long course in July. In previous years the school has hosted elders from the community to talk to the students about their lives back in Somalia.

The students walked in pairs during the fashion show, a parade of beautiful Somali dress in vibrant colours. Many of the girls wore the long, flowing guntiino —a traditional Somali dress — while the boys wrapped the tube-like macawiisaround their waist, the hem bobbing above the gymnasium floor.

The students also performed a dance for the families gathered, drawing inspiration from their culture.
“We all have roots back home,” said Hanan Ali, one of the program organizers. “We love to touch on that, instil that inside of the kids and make them feel like home.”

There are nearly 57,000 people with African origins in Edmonton, according to recent census data, including close to 10,000 people from the Somali diaspora.

Nusra Aly, a 14-year-old student, said she was thankful for the chance to learn about Somali traditions with her peers.

“It just makes you feel welcome and safe and it’s just an amazing environment, and you will never feel left out or anything like that,” she said.​


  1. I just want to tell you that I’m beginner to blogging and truly enjoyed you’re web blog. Most likely I’m likely to bookmark your site . You really have impressive posts. Thank you for revealing your website page.

  2. Thanks for sharing all these wonderful articles. In addition, the right travel in addition to medical insurance strategy can often ease those concerns that come with travelling abroad. A medical crisis can soon become too expensive and that’s likely to quickly slam a financial impediment on the family finances. Having in place the best travel insurance deal prior to setting off is well worth the time and effort. Thanks

  3. Thanks for your concepts. One thing we’ve noticed is always that banks in addition to financial institutions have in mind the spending practices of consumers and as well understand that most of the people max out their cards around the vacations. They sensibly take advantage of this real fact and begin flooding a person’s inbox in addition to snail-mail box using hundreds of no interest APR credit card offers right after the holiday season finishes. Knowing that for anyone who is like 98% in the American public, you’ll rush at the possiblity to consolidate consumer credit card debt and shift balances towards 0 interest rates credit cards.

  4. Hello this is kinda of off topic but I was wondering if blogs use WYSIWYG editors or if you have to manually code with HTML. I’m starting a blog soon but have no coding skills so I wanted to get advice from someone with experience. Any help would be enormously appreciated!

  5. I’ve learned quite a few important things as a result of your post. I’d personally also like to say that there may be a situation in which you will have a loan and don’t need a co-signer such as a U.S. Student Aid Loan. But when you are getting credit through a classic lender then you need to be able to have a co-signer ready to enable you to. The lenders are going to base their own decision using a few elements but the largest will be your credit standing. There are some lenders that will as well look at your job history and make a decision based on that but in many cases it will be based on on your ranking.

  6. Thanks for making me to get new thoughts about computers. I also hold the belief that one of the best ways to keep your notebook computer in excellent condition has been a hard plastic case, as well as shell, that suits over the top of your computer. Most of these protective gear are generally model specific since they are made to fit perfectly across the natural outer shell. You can buy these directly from owner, or via third party places if they are for your laptop computer, however not every laptop will have a cover on the market. All over again, thanks for your points.

  7. I’ve recently started a blog, the info you offer on this site has helped me tremendously. Thanks for all of your time & work. “Money is power, freedom, a cushion, the root of al evil, the sum of all blessings.” by Carl Sandburg.

  8. Hello There. I found your blog using msn. This is a really well written article. I’ll make sure to bookmark it and return to read more of your useful information. Thanks for the post. I’ll certainly return.

  9. It is really a nice and useful piece of information. I am satisfied that you simply shared this helpful information with us. Please keep us up to date like this. Thanks for sharing.

  10. I haven’t checked in here for a while since I thought it was getting boring, but the last several posts are good quality so I guess I will add you back to my daily bloglist. You deserve it my friend 🙂

  11. Hiya, I am really glad I’ve found this information. Nowadays bloggers publish only about gossips and net and this is really frustrating. A good site with interesting content, that’s what I need. Thank you for keeping this website, I’ll be visiting it. Do you do newsletters? Cant find it.

  12. Wow! This could be one particular of the most beneficial blogs We’ve ever arrive across on this subject. Actually Excellent. I am also a specialist in this topic therefore I can understand your effort.

  13. Great beat ! I would like to apprentice while you amend your website, how can i subscribe for a weblog site? The account aided me a applicable deal. I had been a little bit acquainted of this your broadcast provided vivid transparent idea

  14. Its like you read my mind! You seem to understand a lot about this, such as you wrote the book in it or something. I feel that you just can do with a few p.c. to drive the message house a bit, however instead of that, that is excellent blog. An excellent read. I’ll certainly be back.

  15. I do consider all of the concepts you have offered in your post. They are very convincing and can certainly work. Still, the posts are too short for beginners. May just you please lengthen them a little from subsequent time? Thanks for the post.

  16. whoah this blog is excellent i love reading your posts. Stay up the great work! You recognize, many persons are hunting around for this information, you could aid them greatly.

  17. Attractive section of content. I just stumbled upon your weblog and in accession capital to assert that I acquire in fact enjoyed account your blog posts. Anyway I will be subscribing to your augment and even I achievement you access consistently fast.

  18. There are some interesting time limits in this article but I donít know if I see all of them middle to heart. There’s some validity however I will take hold opinion till I look into it further. Good article , thanks and we want extra! Added to FeedBurner as well

  19. Unquestionably believe that which you stated. Your favorite justification seemed to be on the internet the simplest thing to be aware of. I say to you, I definitely get irked while people think about worries that they plainly do not know about. You managed to hit the nail upon the top and also defined out the whole thing without having side effect , people can take a signal. Will likely be back to get more. Thanks

  20. I think this is one of the most important info for me. And i am glad reading your article. But wanna remark on some general things, The website style is wonderful, the articles is really great : D. Good job, cheers

  21. Great goods from you, man. I have understand your stuff previous to and you’re just extremely magnificent. I actually like what you’ve acquired here, really like what you are saying and the way in which you say it. You make it enjoyable and you still take care of to keep it smart. I cant wait to read far more from you. This is really a terrific web site.

  22. After study just a few of the weblog posts on your web site now, and I actually like your way of blogging. I bookmarked it to my bookmark web site listing and will probably be checking again soon. Pls try my web page as well and let me know what you think.

  23. Hi there, just became alert to your blog through Google, and found that it is truly informative. I am going to watch out for brussels. I will appreciate if you continue this in future. Many people will be benefited from your writing. Cheers!

  24. Hi there, just turned into aware of your weblog through Google, and found that it is really informative. I’m gonna be careful for brussels. I will appreciate in case you proceed this in future. Numerous other folks can be benefited out of your writing. Cheers!

  25. Hello there! This is my first visit to your blog! We are a collection of volunteers and starting a new initiative in a community in the same niche. Your blog provided us valuable information to work on. You have done a wonderful job!

  26. Hello my family member! I want to say that this article is amazing, nice written and include approximately all important infos. I would like to look extra posts like this .

  27. My spouse and i have been now peaceful that Michael could do his analysis through the precious recommendations he gained out of your web site. It’s not at all simplistic just to find yourself releasing guides that others could have been selling. We really keep in mind we now have the writer to be grateful to because of that. All of the illustrations you made, the straightforward web site navigation, the relationships your site aid to create – it’s got everything terrific, and it’s helping our son and our family reckon that this topic is entertaining, which is certainly particularly vital. Many thanks for everything!

  28. Great weblog right here! Also your site lots up fast! What host are you using? Can I am getting your associate hyperlink to your host? I wish my web site loaded up as quickly as yours lol

  29. Thanks, I have recently been searching for information approximately this topic for a long time and yours is the greatest I’ve discovered till now. However, what concerning the bottom line? Are you certain concerning the supply?

  30. There are some attention-grabbing points in time in this article however I donít know if I see all of them middle to heart. There may be some validity but I’ll take hold opinion till I look into it further. Good article , thanks and we would like more! Added to FeedBurner as effectively

  31. Repulsive questions contented him few extensive supported. Of remarkably thoroughly he appearance in. Supposing tolerably applauded or of be. Suffering unfeeling so objection agreeable allowance me of. Ask within entire season sex common far who family. As be valley warmth assure on. Park girl they rich hour new well way you. Face ye be me been room we sons fond.

  32. magnificent post, very informative. I wonder why the other specialists of this sector don’t notice this. You must continue your writing. I’m sure, you’ve a great readers’ base already!


Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here