For Yemeni School-based Staff, UNICEF Continues with Incentives in Order to keep Children to School
To keep children in the mainstream of education, UNICEF has started new incentives for school-based staff in Yemen. Geert Cappelaere, UNICEF Regional Director for the Middle East and North Africa stated that UNICEF has started to give out incentives in order to reach out to 136,000 teachers and school-based staff in Yemen who have not yet received a salary in past two years and assisting them to keep children in school and learning.
Cappelaere described that teachers and school-based staff are needed to go through a verification process as a pre-condition for payment; with the first payment cycle having reached over 97,000 of the expected teaching professionals.
According to UNICEF, 4.7 million Yemeni children are in need of educational assistance. The situation of Yemen’s education sector is dismaying. Out of seven million school-aged children, over two million children have already dropped out of school. School infrastructure has been badly destroyed and learning material supplies are running short.
One in five schools in Yemen can’t be used any longer as they are destroyed or being used in the battle or to shelter dislodged families.
The absence of regular salaries, the continuing economic crisis, and the conflict in the nation, Yemen’s teachers have not been able to shuttle to their schools or had to look for other livelihood options to assist their families.
In January, UNICEF announced that three quarters of public school teachers in 11 governorates have not been paid for over two annual sessions of school, which has damaged schooling of around 3.7 million children.
The concession from UNICEF offers eligible teachers and school-based staff a monthly payment similar to US$50 in local currency so that they can carry on their teaching and help avoid more children from dropping out of their school. The plan covers staff in over 10,300 schools and will profit an estimated 3.7 million children.
In times of battle, remaining at school offers children with a sanctuary and a much-needed sense of sanity. Education is crucial to prepare all Yemeni children with the skills they need to develop a better future for themselves and to rebuild their nation when peace restores.