UNICEF Retains Incentives to Hold Back Yemeni Children in School
In Yemen, in order to keep children in education, UNICEF has started a new concession for school-based staff. Basically, UNICEF has started to pay incentives for 136,000 teachers and school-based staff in Yemen who haven’t yet received a salary in past two years, in an attempt to prevent children from leaving the school and in turn encourage learning. UNICEF’s Regional Director for the Middle East and North Africa, Geert Cappelaere, stated that in order to get the concession teachers as well as school-based staff are needed to go through a verification process as a pre-requirement for payment. She further stated that the first payment cycle has reached over 97,000 of the contracted teaching professionals.
According to UNICEF, 4.7 million Yemeni children are in the dire need of educational service.
The situation of Yemen’s education sector is alarming. Out of seven million school-aged children, over two million children have already dropped out from school. The infrastructure of schools is in ruins and learning materials are in short supply. One in five schools in Yemen can’t be used anymore.
Due to the dearth of regular salaries, continuing economic crisis, and the battle in the nation, Yemen’s teachers were not able to commute to their schools or had to look for other livelihood options to support their families.
In January, UNICEF cited that almost three quarters of public school teachers in 11 governorates didn’t received their due salaries for over two school sessions. This, in turn, has affected the education of around 3.7 million children.
The payment from UNICEF offers qualified teachers and school-based staff a monthly payment tantamount to US$50 in local currency so that they can carry on their teaching and assist in averting more children from dropping out of school. The scheme includes staff from over 10,300 schools and will help around 3.7 million children.
During clashes, being at school offers children with a haven and a much-needed sense of sanity. Education is important to train all children in Yemen with the skills they need to make their future a future one and reconstruct their nation when peace returns. All children should have approach to all-inclusive and quality education.