Reviving Education for Girls: “This school was the first place that welcomed me” – Yemen – ReliefWeb

by | Jun 22, 2022 | Education

Hadramawt, 22 June 2022 – Eighteen-year-old Fatima was supposed to finish her studies this year and start to prepare for university. But the conflict in Yemen uprooted her life and pushed back her timeline.
“My dream has always been to finish a master’s degree, but the conflict has had a negative impact on my life. Sometimes I think about quitting school altogether,” said Fatima, who is now two years behind her education compared to her peers.
In 2018, Fatima and her family were displaced by armed clashes in Al Hodeidah to Hadramawt, on the other side of the country.
She had to leave behind her classes in the middle of the school year, and wait another year to enroll in school in her new home. Then, difficulties with transferring her certificates and the COVID-19 outbreak set her back even further.
“It was the worst feeling to see all my peers going to school while I had to sit in the house and just wait. Every day, I felt my future slipping out of my hands. I was worried I would not achieve anything in my life.”
Seven years of conflict, severe economic decline and the COVID-19 pandemic have greatly impeded access to education for school-aged girls and boys. The education system in Yemen is on the …

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