War looms large as Yemeni children head back to school

by | Jul 28, 2022 | World

August is around the corner, which in Yemen means that millions of students will be heading back to school.But with the conflict in the country continuing and the education sector ailing, not all teachers and pupils are excited.
Education in Yemen has been a casualty of the war since it began in 2014, and particularly since the military intervention of the Saudi-led coalition in 2015.
Schools have been damaged or destroyed, teachers have quit their jobs, and millions of school-aged children have dropped out or not joined at all.
The civil strife between the Iran-allied Houthi rebels and the internationally recognised government has overshadowed the importance of education for multitudes of citizens.
Ammar Saleh, who has been teaching for a decade, says students and teachers alike have had to deal with the effect of the war.
“I hope this new school year will proceed in a peaceful climate where students can safely go to their classrooms, receive education, and focus on their homework,” Saleh, currently a teacher at a private school in Sanaa, told Al Jazeera. “I miss the days when I used to teach without fearing air raids, bombings or fuel crises.”
He now hopes that the ongoing UN-brokered truce, which is set to end on August 2 but may be extended, will lead to the warring parties forging agreements that will benefit Yemen, and particularly th …

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