Iftiin Education and Development was founded on 26th January 2008 by a group of young Somalis living in the UK. They wanted to take the lead in rebuilding their nation after twenty five years of civil war, just as it was young Somalis who first led Somalia to independence in 1960.

The founders of Iftiin had big ambitions but they were also realistic and they decided to focus their work on one area of life in Somalia – education. Over the last eight years, Iftiin has mobilised the resources of Somalis both inside and outside the country to provide free education to over 15,000 children and adults in Somalia. The meaning of the word Iftiin in Somali is ‘light’.  Iftiin wants to bring the light of education to everyone – boys and girls, men and women, regardless of background, religion or politics.