Depriving girls from going to school or preventing them to continue their education at a certain age, creates a wound that does not heal in their memory. In most cases, parents deprive their daughters of going to school for reasons related to customs, traditions, or societal ignorance. This is what happened with the students of Al-Anssr School for Girls in Al-Majahesa - Al-Taraf Al-Shami in Beit Al-Faqih, Al-Hodeidah Governorate.
Deprivation of education
Ali Mastour, the school headmaster, said that the beginning of the school was inside the house of one of the parents, in addition to his taking responsibility of transporting the teachers and students, in order to make parents (especially those working abroad) comfortable about their daughters going to school, even if he had to transport a small number (counted on fingers). The rest of the girls stayed home, doing kitchen work or in the farm, since parents would not allow them to go to mixed-gender school!.
The school girls continued to receive their education at the donated location for four years (2008 – 2012), but due lack of financial support and encouragement, these classrooms were forced to close and the glimmer of hope of these little school girls vanished. They lost many years of their lives without getting their right to education, and this situation continued until 2020.
Education under tree- shade
The village mosque was the only resort for the children to accomodate classes, starting from first grade. Later stages witnessed increase in number of enrolled children.
After 10 years of struggle, Mr. Mastour received support from the Social Fund to build a school of 6 classrooms with its basic facilities.
Mr. Mastur said: "Parents came to me after school was opened and insisted on opening classrooms for girls. The teachers were sent to the school, but we were surprised by the return of many students who had to stop previously and enrolled in the fourth grade, even though they are over 15 years old. These would have been in high school.
He added, "the registration of the students continued until the school building overcould no longer accomodate them. We had to teach them under the trees and despite the heat of the sun, the desire to learn was stronger, but unfortunately, we could not find places even under the trees."
NFDHR was keen to build three classrooms and provide them with furniture in order to accommodate the students, especially after noticing that the classrooms were overcrowded with girls.
The school is core in the village of "Al-Majahesa", so it was selected among the targeted schools of the Emergency Response Project for Equal Access to Education implemented by (NFDHR) in Beit Al-Faqih District, Al-Hodeida Governorate, funded by the Yemen Humanitarian Fund (YHF).
Among the project's activities was the construction of a number of 13 classrooms, providing 900 double school desks and 100 whiteboards in the affected schools, and distributing 4,302 school bags for displaced children and the host community.