Retaining much of its tribal character, north and south Yemen joined forces in 1990 to become what we know today as Yemen. Internal conflict in the form of protests resulted in then president Saleh stepping down. Political reforms followed, however in September 2014, rebels seized the capital, Sanaa and according to the BBC, have shown no signs of readiness to withdraw. EAC partnerships with UNHCR and with UNICEF will ensure quality education for tens of thousands of children in Yemen.

source(s): UNESCO EFA Global Monitoring Report 2013/14

Main Barriers to Education

  • Conflict
  • Internal displacement
  • Schools used as housing for IDP’s

Yemen is located on the ancient spice route at the crossroads to Africa, the Middle East and Asia. 

Parliamentary and presidential elections in Yemen are set for 2015, this follows an agreement brokered by the GCC in 2011, where a guarantee document was approved that outlined the key factors for implementation; according to the World Bank, this included “the extension of the political transition period, constitutional redrafting and the preparation of basic laws to support a federal state.”

Challenging this positive transition is a rebel group who launched protests in the capital city of Sanaa in order to gain more control of the sa’ada region, they did so by exploiting the unpopular governmental decision to reverse fuel subsidies.  A peace and national partnership agreement was finalized in late September 2014, which ended “a two-month political stalemate and calling for renewed commitment to the implementation of the outcomes of the National Dialogue, to be led by a new Prime Minister and a new technocratic government.” (World Bank)

Yemen is one of the Arab world’s poorest countries, in fact, poverty increased form 49.9% in 2009 to 54.5% in 2012.  In addition, this country has one of the highest population growth rates in the world and is very food insecure; approximately 45% of the population is food insecure.  Another concern is Yemen’s water resource which falls below regional average.

As a result of recent conflict, the economy of this country is fragile; GDP shrunk by 12.7% in 2011, Yemen was in recession.  In 2014, the economy is forecast to grow at a rate of 2%.



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Educate A Child Partnership

Successfully Completed Project

Educate A Child (EAC) has partnered with UNHCR to bring quality primary education to refugee children in 12 priority countries.
Enabling, Encouraging & Excelling

Enabling, Encouraging & Excelling

As the global refugee protection agency, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) is responsible for ensuring that refugee children have access to quality education in their countries of asylum. There are over 2.7 million refugee children out of school in 12 targeted project countries.

Quality Basic Education for OOSC in Yemen

The Quality Basic Education for Out of School Children in Yemen project will enrol 102,000 OOSC in Yemen by creating and supporting quality interventions that facilitate children’s access to education and create in them the love for learning.



EAC partnership with UNHCR will ensure quality education for over 448,000 refugee children. UNHCR and EAC’s shared commitment to children in the most extreme circumstances help to ensure that all children in crisis situations have the opportunity to gain from the benefits of basic education.


EAC and the United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF) are partnering in Chad, Comoros, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Kenya, Nigeria, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan and Yemen to bring quality basic education to over 3.3 million children.