KSRelief Delivers Aid to Yemen’s Ailed Education Sector

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Time: April 27, 2019  

Saudi KSRelief aid trucks enter Yemeni territory last Thursday (SPA)
Thirty five trucks stacked with humanitarian aid pertaining to education provided by the Saudi King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center (KSRelief) have safely passed through the Yemeni al-Wadea border crossing shared.

The aid package is intended to help alleviate some of the suffering endured by Yemenis across the war-torn country.

KSRelief, in a statement, said that the educational aid was sent under the initiative entitled “Together for Education in Yemen.”

The delivered convoy included 8,750 school seats– 5,500 of which were sent for Abyan governorate and 1,250 seats for Marib governorate.

The delivery is part of a total 50,000 school seats pledged for the country’s ailed education sector.

KSRelief pointed out that the aid is part and parcel of Saudi efforts to support the educational sector in Yemen and would allow schools open doors for student enrollment.

“Together for Education in Yemen” was launched last week in Riyadh, in the presence of both the Yemeni and Saudi education ministers.

Yemeni Education Minister Abdullah Salem Lemmles revealed that the war launched by Iran-backed Houthi militiamen has destroyed more than 2,600 schools across the country, and that Saudi Arabia has contributed significantly to overcoming the difficulties exacted on the Yemeni people.

“The educational process in Yemen faces three main challenges, two of which have been addressed. These challenges are the shortages in school book, school seats, and buildings,” Lemmles explained.

KSRelief General Supervisor Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al-Rabiah confirmed that the “Together for Education in Yemen” initiative was launched upon directives by Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

Saudi Education Minister Hamad bin Mohammed Al Al-Sheikh said that Saudi Arabia is also giving away 1,240 study grants, stipends and scholarships annually to prospective Yemeni university students.

He pointed out that the total number of Yemeni students who received university scholarships since 2011 amounted to 10,150.

This article was first published in Asharq Al-Awsat 

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