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AET supports education for the poorest and most excluded groups in conflict-affected areas of Africa.
Professor Ioan Lewis
Chair AET - 1994 to 2005
With the death of Professor Ioan Lewis Somaliland has lost a dear friend and an important voice, one which has spoken on its behalf through books, newspapers, at conferences and directly to governments. As Chair of the Africa Educational Trust (AET) in the 1990s he was responsible for AET coming to work in Somaliland. It was because of his reputation and through his influence that AET was able to raise the funds to help the Government establish the Somaliland National Examinations. Also through his lobbying that it was able to support secondary schools and universities. This support from AET was soon extended to Puntland and Central & Southern Somalia. It was not only through his published works that Professor Lewis helped to promote a better understanding and support for Somalia, especially Somaliland. As Professor of Anthropology at the London School of Economics and Political Science, Professor Lewis was active in speaking out and lobbying the British Government and the European Union to give official recognition to Somaliland.
Professor Ioan Lewis's funeral took place on Thursday, 27th March at St Anne's Church,106 Highgate West Hill, London N6 6AP. One of the Poems read in Somali at the funeral service 'Harmony'.
Donations can still be made to the Africa Educational Trust in memory of Professor Lewis.
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