Kids Missing Out On Education in Yemen

On March 26, the first day of airstrikes by a Saudi-led international coalition against the Houthi rebels who control the capital and much of the rest of the country, Yemen’s education ministry suspended all classes in Sanaa. Many other areas subject to coalition attacks and fighting between the Houthis and other armed groups soon followed suit. Across Yemen, 3,600 schools — 76 percent of the country’s total — have closed due to insecurity, according to the United Nations. As a result, about 1.85 million children cannot take this year’s final exams. The school closures not only harm children’s access to education but make children more susceptible to recruitment by the many armed groups and tribal militias in Yemen that continue to use child soldiers. They need to find a way to continue the children's education, make peace or move the fighting elsewhere. Education is crucial and their right! How can they be helped?

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