Kaabe Schools

World class K-12 education

in Somaliland

Who we are

The Kaabe Schools are new K-12 day schools in Somaliland, launched by the Abaarso School team. Abaarso students became the first from their country in decades to matriculate to US universities including MIT, Harvard, Yale, Brown, and Columbia. 

Our approach

Kaabe Schools believe in a student-centric approach where the school is designed for the students, rather than the teachers. All students are known and treated as individuals, challenged appropriately, and given the opportunity to explore their interests. 

Our goal

Kaabe Schools empower young men and women to drastically improve the lives of their people. By focusing on the values of Improvement, Gratitude, and Community, our alumni will be both prepared and motivated to make a positive difference. 


Kaabe Schools have a Montessori-inspired approach at the primary level where children use physical materials to learn complex concepts through simple, concrete experiences.

Students individually advance through math, English, logic, science, and geography at their own pace and are appropriately challenged. 

In accordance with Somaliland culture and policy, our students learn Islamic Studies five days per week. 

Teaching teams

Kaabe Schools teaching teams are a mixture of experienced teachers and administrators from abroad as well as homegrown Somaliland talent from Abaarso School and Barwaaqo University. 

These hybrid teams offer a powerful blend of expertise, ideas, methods, and understanding of Somali culture. 

Community schools

Kaabe Schools are meant to serve their surrounding communities. Each school has a community board with local representatives and parents who can help develop a deep bond between the school and community. 

Kaabe Schools have monthly community events that teach the students and their families about Somali culture and history or provide access to health and wellness. 

All Events Visitors Lessons
Kaabe School students took part in an interactive reading led by Abaarso alum, Sihaam Abdilahi, graduate of Rochester University in New York. 
Kaabe School students were treated to a performance of traditional Somali cultural dance thanks to their hosts at the Hargeisa Cultural Center. 
The Founder of Abaarso and Co-Founder of Kaabe Schools visited campus to work with the students and appreciate the novel school design.
Bashir Goth, the Somaliland Representative to the United States, visited campus to see the Kaabe School classrooms and meet the hardworking students. 
Kaabe School students planted trees between their classrooms, learning about root systems and what trees require in order to grow. These trees will provide shade…
The 3rd Year students from Barwaaqo University Teachers College visited campus to observe Kaabe School classes, work with students, and speak to the teaching team. 
Kaabe School students learned about the purpose and process of composting. They started their own compost outside the classrooms and will use it in the…
Kaabe students and their families toured a Somali art and history gallery at the Hargeisa Cultural Center. Students studied paintings and artifacts to connect with…