The $66 million basic education project will provide training to 68,000 teachers, headmasters and supervisors across the country. It will also promote equal access to quality education in eight governorates: Ibb, Taiz, Lahej, Aden, Sana’a, Hodeidah, Hajjah and Hadhramaout. In these governorates it will fund the building and equipping of about 500 additional classrooms in overcrowded schools, rehabilitation of close to 150 cluster schools; the training of 68,000 teachers, headmasters and supervisors across the country, including the recruitment and training of 700 rural female teachers, provision of financial assistance to poor families in rural areas to encourage girls education; support to the Fathers’ and Mothers’ councils; and provision of school development grants to approximately 210 schools.
“Several recent studies show that a large majority of Yemeni children reach third grade without being able to read properly,” said Kamel Braham, World Bank team leader for the project. “Apart from enhancing reading and writing skills, this project aims to guarantee that all children, regardless of economic circumstances, have the chance to acquire basic skills.”