Republic of Yemen is the least developed country in the Middle East with a human development index (HDI) of 151. Also on the gender equity scale, Yemen is scoring low: 121 out of 140 countries, demonstrating large inequalities between men and women. Although the gross enrollment figures have been growing over the last 5 years, recent trends in primary education still point to a lack of progress, especially for girls.
A Partnership of CARE International and Save the Children
In an effort to complement the government’s commitment to ensuring gender equality in primary schools, Dubai Cares is implementing targeted infrastructure interventions with CARE International and Save the Children in Lahej, Abyan, Aden and Hajja. The goal is to improve enrollment among vulnerable groups by providing safe learning environments, as well as to improve the quality of education, thus ensuring that the schools become truly inclusive to all children, especially girls.
In partnership with UNICEF, Dubai Cares supports government efforts that promote girls’ education in rural areas, both through policy formulation and direct involvement in rural communities. The program also aims to improve quality of education by setting standards and promoting social mobilization among different actors at both community and national level.