Since the beginning of 2021, displacement waves have increased in Marib Governorate. The large number of displaced people has caused real pressure in various sectors, including the education sector. While schools suffer from lack of classrooms, health facilities and seats, the waves of displacement have widened the gap in the ability of schools to meet the needs of newly arriving students. These students found nothing but tin tents and classrooms, despite problems associated with them, as a last resort to accommodate the large number of students.
Reem, a ninth-grade student at Ruqaya Girls’ School, says: “Last year, the situation was better. We used to study in classrooms. Now we study in tents, with fear of insects and scorpions, and suffering from heat and very small space. This never helps study.” Students in the tents suffer from severe dust waves that make studying a nightmare for students. Classrooms built of tin are subjected to terrible wind blows and intense heat in very sunny days. In addition to the narrow space and the large number of students crowding in these classrooms, they are still a better option than tents.
"I hope we study in real classrooms! Classrooms provide shelter from the sun, dust, insects and noise from outside, we can close the doors and understand the teacher's explanation in the class." This is what Abdullah Hussein, a fifth-grade student at Al-Rawda School in Marib, wishes for. Abdullah used to study in Al-Jawf Governorate in well-built and equipped classrooms, but after displacement, he was forced to study in a tent exposed to the sun, dust, wind and scorpions. Abdullah continues his studies hoping to become a pilot in the future. Having an appropriate study environment helps him and many others achieve their dreams.
School overcrowding continues to worsen with time due to ongoing displacement. In Ruqayya School, for example, more than 3000 school girls are crammed into 15 classrooms. In response to these challenges, NFDHR with support of the Yemen Humanitarian Fund has built and rehabilitated a number of classrooms and facilities in the governorate.
From the beginning of next school year, about 16,000 students will benefit from the activities of building new classrooms and rehabilitating old classrooms and school health facilities. These contribute to accommodating more students and provide education in appropriate environment that helps students focus on their study and exercise their right to education.