Short Biography of Jawahir A. Farah

Jawahir A. Farah has been the first Somali teacher for 24 years in the London Borough of Ealing, U.K.

She is also an author, self publisher and writes mainly for primary age children.

In 1966 Jawahir was a British council student in a teacher’s training college in Bristol where she earned her teaching diploma.

In 1970 she was granted a Batchelor of Science Degree (African Studies and Social science), in Boston University, USA.

From 1970-1980 she went on to teach, became an officer of the Examination board , a member of the curriculum office designing and writing history and geography text books for Somali schools, of the then Somali Democratic Republic.

From 1974-1976 Jawahir was also a news broadcaster for Radio Mogadisho –English branch

In 1986 she arrived in the UK, with husband (formerly cultural attache & UNESCO representative, Somali Embassy, Paris), and 5 children as a political refugee fleeing from the military regime in Somalia.

In 1990 she was the first Somali teacher in the London Borough of Ealing teaching refugee children, from nursery level through high school.

Jawahir was a senior teacher when she retired in 2014 but soon after moved on to creating a charity ( for the Deaf/Blind in remote areas of Somalia opening two schools.

Realizing the need to develop resources for the early EAL pupils in the UK she produced a Somali-English dictionary in 1992.

Her commitment moved on from one dictionary into production of over seven bilingual books, storytelling, running school assemblies and receiving invitations from Local and neighbouring European libraries primarily Stockholm and Helsinki.

Currently published books include:

  1. Somali Games for Children (Somali only)
  2. Somali Rhyme and Action Games (Bilingual)
  3. The Life Cycle of a Somali Nomadic Girl (Bilingual)
  4. The Life Cycle of a Somali Nomadic Boy (Bilingual)
  5. Story of How the Sky Was Made (Bilingual)
  6. A Jigsaw Puzzle of Nomadic Dad and child (To order)
  7. The Hunting Rhyme (Bilingual)
  8. Babies Lullabies + CD (Bilingual)

Collection of books to be published soon include:

  1. Dictionary of Somali Names
  2. Somali Proverbs
  3. Short stories
  4. Picture books
  5. Somali Jigsaw Puzzles
  6. Babies and toddlers books
  7. Somali Women's Literature

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