Time: 15 July, 2020
RIYADH, SAUDI ARABIA: King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Centre (KSrelief), in collaboration with the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), implemented three education projects to enhance education opportunities for out-of-school children in Yemen. The projects are part of the organizations’ response to the educational crisis in Arab countries experiencing conflict.
The “Education Promotes Peace”, “I Have the Right to Develop”, and “My Right to Learn” projects provide education opportunities for out-of-school children and others who are at risk of dropping out of school. The learning opportunities will be provided through catch-up and alternative education programs, and aim to develop educational resources related to the country’s sustainable development goals (SDGs).
The projects are based on UNESCO’s “Strategic Framework for Education in Emergencies in the Arab States (2018-2021)”, developed in consultation and with the participation of KSrelief. It aims to support member states in the Arab region to develop education systems that are more resilient and responsive in times of conflict, meet educational requirements, and ensure that education is maintained during emergencies, conflict and post-conflict situations.
“Education Promotes Peace” aims to develop accelerated educational content and resources around the SDG4 for establishing alternative educational pathways. The program also promotes the principles of social cohesion, citizenship and peace and the prevention of violent extremism, and creates educational programs which reduce the phenomenon of school dropout.
The catch-up education project “My Right to Learn” provides alternative educational opportunities for out-of-school and at-risk children from 7 to 14 years of age. The project offers innovative and flexible learning models such as one-classroom schools and remedial summer support and enrichment programs.
The Yemeni National Capacity-Building project to create alternative pathways for out-of-school and at-risk children, “I Have the Right to Develop”, aims to strengthen Yemen’s national education capacities to reach children who are out of school or at risk of dropping out. This initiative reinforces national capacities in the field of education to promote peace and community stability.
These projects were designed based on consultations and mutual visits between UNESCO Beirut, the Community Support Department at KSrelief, and Yemen’s Ministry of Education. They also involved the participation of experts from Saudi Arabia and other Arab States who work on designing and developing educational resources for catch-up programs and multi-grade classrooms.
In a major development, Yemen’s Ministry of Education has recently issued two ministerial decisions announcing, firstly, the institutionalization of second-chance, catch-up education programs for out-of-school children, and secondly, the establishment of the Higher Council for the Facilitation of Remedial Education at the Ministry. These decisions come as a result of UNESCO Beirut’s and KSrelief’s advocacy efforts for the recognition of alternative educational pathways in Yemen.