Yemen: “Giving children an education in Yemen is crucial for their future …” UNICEF

Yemen: “Giving children an education in Yemen is crucial for their future …” UNICEF

As fighting in Yemen has forced more than 3,600 schools in the country to close and disrupted the education of about 1.8 million children, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) launched this week an appeal to the parties to respect school safety.

“Giving children an education in Yemen is crucial for their future and that of their families and communities,” said UNICEF Representative in Yemen, Julien Harneis in a press release issued in the capital Sanaa.

“We are doing everything possible to accelerate the return of children to school so that they are not completely out of school,” said Mr. Harneis (…)

Months of intensive shelling and street fighting has forced more than 3,600 schools to close and forced the students and their families to move to more peaceful areas, according to UNICEF. At least 248 schools were directly damaged, while 270 other hosting displaced and 68 are occupied by armed groups.

To ensure that children are not completely out of school, UNICEF is funding remedial courses for over 200,000 students, representing a small share of the 1.8 million children whose schooling was interrupted for two months or more.

The agency also provides teaching materials, including notebooks, pencils and school bags to students, knowing that the income of many families was severely affected by the conflict and that it is now difficult for students to obtain school supplies due to the closure of markets (…)

The Saudi regime and its allies relentlessly bombarding Yemen since March 26. Over 3,000 Yemenis have been killed in this conflict, and according to figures from the UN 80% of the population -or 21 million people- need help or protection and over 10 million have difficulty eat or find water.

This offensive left more than 2,800 dead in Yemen who is currently suffering from a serious humanitarian crisis.