Yemen, Saudi-led war also hits schools


By Hanieh Tarkian

More than four years have passed since the Saudi-led coalition attacked Yemen, at the request of the resigning president Mansur Hadi, who is an ally of the Saudis, and this happened in complete violation of international law.

Recently, the Yemeni Ministry of Education released a report denouncing the repercussions of this brutal aggression on the country’s school system.

Saudi bombs have targeted school facilities, killing pupils and students, and those faithful to Mansur Hadi have transferred the legal authority of the Central Bank of Yemen from Sana’a to Aden, thus preventing almost 200,000 teachers from receiving their salary, and the embargo also hampers the importation of paper, and therefore the printing of school textbooks; the economic, social and psychological consequences of aggression on teachers and pupils are clearly evident.

666 schools were closed out of 3526 school buildings and facilities, 402 were completely damaged, 993 are used as a shelter for those left homeless by Saudi bombing and the rest are partially damaged.

One of the worst crimes committed by the Saudi-led aggression coalition was on 28 August 2018, when a bombing targeted a school bus in Dahyan near Sana’a, killing 51 people, most of them children.

Despite the difficulties, Yemenis continue to actively engage in the school curriculum and educational activities.

We recall that among the reasons the people of Yemen have opposed the management of former exiled President Mansur Hadi and his predecessor Ali Abdullah Salih is their pro-Saudi position which have allowed the spread of the Wahhabi ideology and favored an ideologically oriented school system that operated in parallel with the official one.