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Rehabilitating School and Supporting Families brings students back to School in Taiz Village

A big room with a table and chairs

One of classrooms in Al-Iman School before the intervention. Photo: Sarah Rasheed/CARE

One of classrooms in Al-Iman School before the intervention. Photo: Sarah Rasheed/CARE

Conflict in Yemen has brought about continued disruption of schooling across the country and the fragmentation of the nearly collapsing education system. This has had a profound impact on the learning and overall cognitive and emotional development of all the 10.64 million school-age boys and girls, as well as their mental health.

Al-Iman School is the only school in Bani Molik Village in Taiz Governorate’s Jabal Habashy District. Situated in southwestern Yemen, the primary school which catered up to sixth grade, was built in the 80s by benefactors and consisted of just two old classrooms without walls. “There weren’t enough classrooms, so students were studying under the tree. It gets cold here and so students and teachers would suffer. Two of my sons study here. They used to make excuses to not to go to school, either because of the weather or feeling sick,” Ahmed, a teacher at the school explains.

Over the duration of seven years of conflict, 2,916 schools have been destroyed, partially damaged, or utilized for non-educational purposes – that constitutes at least one in four schools across the country.  This has resulted in over two million school-age children being out of school. “Our school is without a fence and is located on the path of a torrent stream. When it rains, water enters the school and we cannot study and teaching stops for several days,” Ahmed says.

School attendance has also been impacted and made more challenging by many factors. These include but not limited to by families having to undergo displacement multiple times, the long distance to the nearest schools, exposure to explosive hazards which compromises safety and security, the lack of female teachers (where 80 per cent of teachers are male) and the lack of gender-sensitive and accessible WASH facilities. “Many parents prevent their children from going to school due to the risks that they face. Snakes are everywhere. My daughter had to drop out from the school because the school is not safe and too small, and the students were forced to study under the trees. Also, I don’t have enough money to buy school supplies for my kids,” says Ahmed.

“My mother used to yell at me every day because I would go home, and my clothes would be very dirty and dusty. We were sitting on the floor all day for classes which meant she had to buy a lot of washing soap to clean my clothes,” adds Munder*, a seven-year-old student at Al-Iman School.

A group of kids sitting under a tree
The village’s students used to study under the trees. Photo: Sarah Rasheed/CARE

CARE provided families undergoing high levels of food insecurity, with cash, vouchers or food assistance to help them address their immediate needs and to help them improve their longer-term food security and resilience. “For years, we have been asking for help from organizations and government agencies, but to no avail. Many thanks to CARE for responding to our appeal and implementing this project. No one wants their children to suffer from heat and cold while studying without desks and chairs, sitting on the ground under trees,” says Ahmed.

Through the intervention, CARE built two classrooms and a fence. Both students and teachers of Al-Iman School are very pleased with rehabilitation in their school. Now the school is safer and cleaner, and students do not have to worry much about the weather changing. “Before the intervention, I always used to get sick. Thank God, the school is big and bright. It has chairs and boards now. We study under the school roof instead of studying under the trees,” says Munder.

A young boy smiling and wearing a backpack
Munder is happy to go to his school now that it has been rehabilitated. Photo: Sarah Rasheed/CARE

As with many families who have been supported through this project, Ahmed’s family has been able to buy food, medicine, and other essentials. “Now, we, like other residents in our village don’t worry as much about paying for food. I also re-enrolled my daughter in school. I hope that the project will continue to support us so our children can complete their studies,” Ahmed says.

A man standing in front of a classroom filled with attentive students
Students attend classes at Al-Iman School after it was rehabilitated. Photo: Sarah Rasheed/CARE
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