It Takes A School

It Takes A School

The Extraordinary Story of An American School in the World's #1 Failed State

Book - 2016 | First edition.
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A story of David and Goliath proportions, how an American hedge fund manager created a unique school in Somaliland whose students, against all odds, have come to achieve success beyond anyone's wildest dreams

Jonathan Starr, once a cutthroat hedge fund manager, is not your traditional do-gooder, and in 2009, when he decided to found Abaarso, a secondary school in Somaliland, the choice seemed crazy to even his closest friends. "Why," they wondered, "would he turn down a life of relative luxury to relocate to an armed compound in a breakaway region of the world's #1 failed state?" To achieve his mission, Starr would have to overcome profound cultural differences, broken promises, and threats to his safety and that of his staff.

It Takes a School is the story of how an abstract vision became a transformative reality, as Starr set out to build a school in a place forgotten by the world. It is the story of a skeptical and clan-based society learning to give way to trust. And it's the story of the students themselves, including a boy from a family of nomads who took off on his own in search of an education and a girl who waged a hunger strike in order to convince her strict parents to send her to Abaarso.

Abaarso has placed forty graduates and counting in American universities, from Harvard to MIT, and sends Somaliland a clear message: its children can compete with anyone in the world. Now the initial question Starr was asked demands another: "If such a success can happen in an unrecognized breakaway region of Somalia, can it not happen anywhere?"

Publisher: New York : Henry Holt and Company, 2016.
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9781250113467
1250113466
Branch Call Number: 373.6773 STA
Characteristics: xvi, 250 pages :,map ;,24 cm

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Aug 11, 2017

This book took a couple chapters for me to get use to the writing style but what a GREAT read. A testament to what one person with a dream and great will and finances can do to change the world for the better. I will be getting this one for my library.

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