GORFEYN BUUGGA: Qayb Libaax

Gorfeyn Buugga: Qayb Libaax Qoraaga Buugga: Saciid Saalix Axmed Farshaxan: Kelly Dupre Qayb Libaax waa sheeko Soomaaliyeed oo aad looyaqaan hadana buug lagu soo daabacay. Buugani waa mid ka mid ah afar buug oo ay soo dabacday Somali Bilingual Book Project of Minnesota Humanities Commission. Jaaliyadda Soomaaliyeed iyo Minnesota Humanities Commission ayaa isku kaashatay 2006kii in…

Culturally-Responsive Approaches for Working with Somali Children

By: Sirad Shirdon 1. Becoming culturally responsive educators Somali parents are attempting to educate their children with a backdrop of discrimination targeted towards Muslims, English language learners, Black students and immigrants and refugees (Bigelow, 2010). As Vygotsky stressed it is important that we connect children’s social worlds to the classroom, as this will be a…

“Can I Take the Hijab Off?”: Developing Safe Spaces for Somali Children in Mainstream Classrooms

  Sirad Shirdon In September, my two nieces began school at a local Montessori school, a far cry from their previous school: a charter school in Columbus with questionable educational quality. The charter school she attended, like many in North Columbus, has a large Somali student population.  In recent years, Somali parents in the US…

Children’s Books on Ramadhan and the Holidays of Eid ul Fitr and Eid ul Adha

Children’s books on Ramadhan and the holidays of Eid ul Fitr and Eid ul Adha Here are a list of children’s books, which address Ramadhan (Islamic month of fasting), and Islam’s two holidays of Eid ul Fitr and Eid ul Adha. All of these books are available through Amazon and/or Ebay, and may be available…

A Teacher Asks: Are There Books on Eid?

Sirad Shirdon A few weeks ago, on the eve of the Muslim holiday Eid ul Adha, a kindergarten teacher inquired into the availability of related reading material. “Are there books about Eid?” she asked. Ms. M, the teacher, had prepared a book on Islam, to share with the students. “Of course, there are!” I exclaimed. Without…

And So it Begins: Literacy Workshop No. 1

Naima Shirdon When Sirad and I first began talking about the Somali Literacy Project, we knew we wanted it to be an effort steeped in community activism. Simply giving lip service to the complex issues of literacy within the Somali community is a one-dimensional approach, rather akin to diagnosing challenges and stopping short of actualizing…