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Photo essay: UNICEF works with IDP communities to get children back to school in Yemen

Story and photography by Ansar Rasheed, Communication for Development Officer, UNICEF Aden Field Office, Yemen

Aden, Yemen, 26 August 2018 – Through Communication for Development (C4D) intervention, UNICEF is raising awareness on the importance of helping children go back to school among the Internally Displaced Persons and marginalized communities. There are currently 1 million internally displaced children in Yemen due to the ongoing conflict. In Aden and Shabwa governorates, more than 350 Community Volunteers have been trained to actively engage with the targeted communities in the most vulnerable areas.

Thanks to a holistic approach, UNICEF C4D efforts also:

  • Promote Mine Risk Education (MRE) and, together with Yemen Executive Mine Action Center (YEMAC), train targeted communities to report on any suspected objects;
  • Identify potential Out Of School children to facilitate their access to education, in close coordination with UNICEF Education team;
  • Advocate for birth registration. In coordination with the Yemen Central Authority for Vital Statistics and Civil Registry (CRA), 200 children have already been provided with birth certificates this year.

 
In Al-Farsi IDP camp in Aden, UNICEF raises awareness of the communities on the importance for all children to have access to education through C4D approaches, such as puppet theater.


“I enjoyed the play!  My father promised me that he will not stop me from going to school.” Maria, a 12-year-old displaced from Hodeidah.


UNICEF C4D Community Volunteers hold an open-theater event at Aden Social Services Center.


Layla is 10 years old and she is already a strong educational advocate: “I am currently a 4th grade student and I will continue going to school until I become a teacher.”


“Who said Muhamasheen [the Marginalised] don’t deserve to go to school? Every child has the right to education and we, as parents, should make sure they do.” Hajjah, here with her grand-daughter Lamya, is one of the girl education advocates within her community, the marginalized population of Tawahi.


“I go to school and work to support my family. Even poor children have the right to go school and continue learning.” Majid, 13 years old.

In areas with high concentrations of IDPs in Sana’a, Aden, Sa’ada, Taiz and Amanat Al-Asimah, more than 1,400 teachers have received incentives and participated in active learning skills training to support 63,000 IDP and host community children. UNICEF also continued to provide 41,000 primary school children with basic learning materials and a further 270,000 children will soon be able to receive this support.

These activities are generously funded by The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSRelief) and the United Arab Emirates to respond to the urgent needs of children affected by the conflict in Yemen. This funding enables UNICEF to improve access to Health and Nutrition care services in the most vulnerable communities and to improve the quality of education for disadvantaged children, including those in hard-to-reach parts of Yemen. Water, Hygiene and Sanitation (WASH) services are being scaled up as well.

 

 
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