Saudi Arabia and UAE provide $70m to help Yemeni teachers

UNICEF said the agreement would help 3.7 million Yemeni children to complete their studies. (AFP/File photo)
Updated 16 May 2019

Saudi Arabia and UAE provide $70m to help Yemeni teachers

  • Money will boost the salaries of 135,000 teaching staff

JEDDAH: Saudi Arabia and the UAE will provide $70 million in financial support to Yemeni teachers, in cooperation with the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF).

The initiative announced Wednesday comes as many Yemeni teachers have not received their salaries.

Dr. Abdullah Al-Rabiah, General Supervisor of the King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center, said the money would boost the salaries of 135,000 teaching staff and ensure schools continue to provide education for Yemeni children.

“The project benefits 136,799 people in the governorates of Ibb, Amanah, Al-Bayda, Hajja, Dhamar, Saada, Sanaa, Amran, Mahweet and Rima,” he said.

The $70 million will be provided equally by the Kingdom and the UAE.

The program was announced in Riyadh at a ceremony attended by Sultan Mohammed Al-Shamsi, Assistant Minister for International Development, and Al Tayeb Adam, UNICEF representative to the Gulf States.

Adam said the agreement would help 3.7 million Yemeni children to complete their studies within their country.

“Since last year, these countries have contributed $300 million to UNICEF in support of nutrition, health, education and the cholera epidemic in Yemen,” Adam said.


185 disabled Saudi children ready for new academic year

Updated 22 August 2019

185 disabled Saudi children ready for new academic year

RIYADH:  Saudi Arabia’s Disabled Children’s Association (DCA) finished its preparations for the new academic year with the completion of its educational programs aimed at developing children’s mental, cognitive and motor skills.

The DCA’s centers are getting ready to welcome around 185 new students, who will be enrolled in the preparatory and elementary stages. The association is also housing early intervention children in 11 centers throughout the Kingdom.

“The DCA’s centers finished their preparations early in line with the directives of Prince Sultan bin Salman bin Abdul Aziz, chairman of the association’s board of directors,” said Awadh Al-Ghamdi, the DCA’s secretary-general.

He added: “The association is keeping pace with new technologies by developing the educational care system every year. It continuously adopts new methods for children with special needs by providing the centers with what is necessary for the development of linguistic, social and psychological skills.

“The DCA held consultative meetings to approve an implementation mechanism by consulting experts from the educational committee at King Saud University about the importance of establishing an innovative resources room in all of the DCA centers.

Al-Ghamdi said: “The project will be implemented in cooperation with the Ministry of Education after it is judged by specialists from Saudi universities and adopted as part of the association’s initiatives. This comes as a continuation of the DCA’s role in caring for children with special needs for more than 35 years.”

The director of the DCA’s center in Al-Rass governorate presented the project’s original idea, which included reviewing the centers’ educational care programs according to modern educational trends.

A working group, which included a number of specialists, was assigned to the investigation. It presented a final vision to the DCA’s secretariat with a guide to the project’s implementation.