827,000 Yemeni children receive education support thanks to funding from Saudi Arabia

16 March 2024

SANA’A, 16 March 2024 – Nearly 827,000 children have received support to access quality education opportunities in Yemen, thanks to a $6.2 million contribution from the King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Centre (KSrelief).

The programme aimed to ensure access to formal and non-formal learning opportunities for vulnerable girls and boys, supporting over 527,000 children to sit for the 2022-2023 national examinations to enable them to advance their learning journey. It also provided 300,000 students with school bags and recreational kits to motivate and encourage children to go back to school and reduce the financial burden associated with education on families. 

Across the country, one in four children of basic school age is out of school in Yemen, and many of those who can attend school do not achieve age-appropriate learning outcomes. Thanks to contributions from partners such as King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Centre, UNICEF continues to respond to the education needs of vulnerable girls and boys in Yemen,” says Peter Hawkins, UNICEF Representative to Yemen.

The funding also enabled UNICEF to improve teaching and learning practices inside the classrooms through the training of 7,520 teachers in 17 governorates and the procurement and distribution of hygiene kits for 71,956 children and cleaning kits for 120 schools.

Nearly 4.9 million individuals including caregivers were reached through the implementation of five awareness campaigns. Additionally, nearly 26,000 community mobilizers, members, and leaders and 2,500 families were reached through outreach activities.

The King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Centre is a longstanding partner with UNICEF. Their sustained funding of lifesaving interventions allows UNICEF to address the most critical needs of the vulnerable children in Yemen. 

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