Abdiqani Farah is an author, researcher, and consultant on minority education. His emphasis is on culturally responsive teaching, adult and continuing education, special education, and educational equity for East African students. Abdiqani’s recent book “Minority Outcry for a Dialogue in Education” talks a great deal about these topics. He is currently researching the public education industry for opportunities and challenges that educational leaders face as they educate today’s diverse learners in rapidly changing times.
Born and raised in Somalia, Abdiqani came to the U.S. as a young adult with an intense interest to grow and develop. He lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and is pursuing a doctorate degree in educational leadership at the Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota, School of Education.
Abdiqani advises public and private schools and organizations working at forefront of closing the educational achievement gap for minority students. He is committed to helping schools create a world-class community of minority learners who could dream beyond social stereotypes. With a unique educational background and cultural understanding, Abdiqani brings a unique perspective to the pressing challenges in our education system.
My #1 myth
The genesis of my intense interest in academia, an interest which has now evolved into an aspirational career, happened in 2011. I accepted a teaching job offer in what some may consider the world’s most lawless and dangerous country. With my heart full of ecstasy, I was, in fact, more than willing to have my name in the intellectual community. I would soon join young, highly intelligent faculty at East Africa University in Somalia, and later at Mogadishu University in Mogadishu.
Today, education represents for me a field in which I can build satisfying personal goals. In fact, I have developed a heartfelt love for education research profession, enjoying both the laborious data manipulation and hands-on consulting in public education. As a social science researcher, this journey will solidify my academic quest.
I am a big believer in the relevance of culture to students of color and how they learn. This is also true for those who were born in the U.S. Technically, how students of color are taught today will have an enormous compact on them and how they see their future.
It is my conviction that all culture-related, violent behaviors on school grounds could be reversed, and students of color be put on a fast track to pursue their academic dreams. When the inner theater of students of color is valued, they bring their patriotic fervor into reality, setting meaningful and rewarding relations between schools and communities at large.