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Somalia Project collection

Identifier: 07.SOP

Scope and Contents

The Somalia Project collection documents the colaborative efforts between EMU and Somalia in regards to teacher education. The collection consist of one ADMINISTRATIVE subseries which contains news clippings, project reports, brochures, and contracts. The collection is a small illustration of the project's efforts to create global teacher training iniatives.


  • Creation: 1960-1970

Conditions Governing Access

Researchers are asked to request materials 24 hours prior to visiting the the University Archives.

Biographical / Historical

The Somalia Project was created as a faculty and student exchange program between Eastern Michigan University and Somalia. The objective of the project was to assist Somalia in preparing graduates of the Intermediate School to teach in the primary schools. Planning began in 1960, and in 1961 seven Somalian teachers were sent to EMU. In 1963, EMU sent faculty members to Somalia where they began a teacher training program. In 1968, the Somalian government decided that the objectives should be expanded to provide a college program leading to a degree, as well as preparing secondary graduates to teach in secondary schools. The project resulted in 400 Somalians graduating from the primary teacher preparation program. In addition, 60 Somalian teachers spent time in the United States in teacher education programs. In July of 1970, Somalia experienced government upheaval resulting in the abrupt end to the project. Somalian students who were attending EMU at that time were allowed to finish their education before returning to Somalia. Because EMU had built a national reputation from its teacher education outreach efforts in Somalia dating back to the 1950s, the United States Agency for International Development (AID) selected EMU to implement teacher education, science education, and business education programs in Yemen and to develop primary curriculum in Swaziland.


.2 Linear Feet (1 halfsize archive box)

Language of Materials



The Somalia Project was a collaboration contracted by the United States Agency for International Development (AID) between Eastern Michigan University and Somalia. EMU and Somalia entered into an agreement to sponsor faculty and student exchange programs in an effort to create teaching training and teacher education programs in Somalia. The program was cut short due to Somalia experiencing government upheaval in July of 1970. The Somalia Project collection contains administrative files and records in the collection date from 1960 until 1970.

Related Materials

Materials related to EMU's international presence can be found in the following collections:

07.SP Swazliand Project collection

07.YP Yemen Project collection

Somalia Project collection
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Repository Details

Part of the Eastern Michigan University Archives Repository

Bruce T. Halle Library, Room 310
955 West Circle Drive
Ypsilanti Michigan 48197