Japan supports Yemeni education [Archives:2007/1014/Local News]

January 8 2007

SANA'A, Jan 4 ) In order to enhance the quality of basic education in Yemen, Japanese Funds-In-Trust (JFIT) provided an amount of USD 226,000 through the UNESCO to the Ministry of Education for the project of “In-Service Teacher Training of Basic Education Teachers in Yemen – Phase II”. The project aims to build capacity of trainers of trainers (TOT); increase number of female trainees; improve status of training centers; and provide training materials. An additional amount of USD 38,000 was also provided by UNESCO regular program to this project, which will last for 15 months. Phase I of the project, which was also funded by the JFIT, was implemented during the period March 2003 – September 2005.

The Japanese Embassy has also provided financial assistance for Al-Esha'a school in Al-Mokha District in Taiz governorate to construct a new school building. The financial assistance, which amounts to $US89,827, will be used for sheltering half of the students at the school who currently study under the trees. Al-Esha'a school has suffered from the lack of classrooms, and that has left half of the students at the school no other option but to study outside of the building. Under such circumstances, parents have been discouraged to send their kids to school, and especially female students have felt uncomfortable in attending classes. With this funding from the Japanese Embassy, all the students at the school will be able to study in a schoolhouse from the next year.

The Japanese Embassy has funded 11 projects so far, including this project, (total amount of $US804,882) during this Japanese fiscal year (April 2006 – March 2007) under the scheme called “Grant Assistance for Grassroots Human Security Projects.” This scheme aims at supporting small-scale community-based projects that try to meet basic human needs, such as providing primary health care, rural water supply, and basic education.