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US $ 70 million to UNICEF to support education programmes in Yemen through monthly cash stipends to unpaid teachers across country

© UNICEF/UN073959/Clarke for UNOCHA
© UNICEF/UN073959/Clarke for UNOCHA

A student stands in the ruins of one of his former classrooms, which was destroyed in June 2015, at the Aal Okab school in Saada, Saada Governorate, Yemen, Monday 24 April 2017. Students now attend lessons in UNICEF tents nearby,

UNICEF appreciates the announcement from the United Arab Emirates and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia of US $70 million towards monthly cash stipends to teachers across Yemen.

“More than 135,000 Yemeni teachers have not received their salaries in more than two years” said UNICEF Executive Director Henrietta Fore who visited Yemen in June this year. “Classrooms are where children feel some semblance of normalcy in their lives, and a place to prepare themselves for their future lives. The stipends will help teachers stay in classrooms.”

“Education has been one of the biggest casualties of this conflict,” Fore said. “We urge the warring parties to end this conflict and allow children to resume their childhood. Peace is the only solution.”


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