The basis of education in British Somaliland is a chain of elementary schools established by the Education Department in the various towns, giving a three years course in English, Arabic, arithmetic, the Qoran, nature study and hygiene. From here, the most promising pupils go to the Primary School at Sheikh, 40 miles inland from Berbera, where history, geography, science, technical work and gardening are added to the curriculum. The boys, whose ages range from 13 to 17, are the country's future teachers, Government minor officials and administrators. They live in dormitories on the usual English boarding school lines and play football, hockey and other British games. The Headmaster is an Army Captain who was a schoolmaster in England before the war, and the more advanced subjects are taught by British officers. There are also several Somali teachers, including Mahmoud Almed, whose work for the education of his people has been rewarded with an MBE. Picture shows:- Pupils working in pairs to improve their English conversation at Sheikh.