The Saudi Program for the Development and Reconstruction of Yemen (SPDRY) has achieved unprecedented educational achievements through its projects which support the infrastructure of the education sector in Yemen, by establishing 23 new model schools in various Yemeni governorates.
It aims to support education in Yemen and create a good educational environment which enables schools to implement their educational programs.
It also supports extra-curricular activities through facilities equipped with the highest specifications, and completely identical to the specifications applied in the Kingdom, including stadiums and laboratories.
The new model schools established and equipped by the Saudi Program for the Development and Reconstruction of Yemen are distributed over 23 regions in the governorates: Al-Mahra, Socotra, Aden, Taiz, Hadramawt, Marib and Hajjah.
The selection of their sites came after studying the needs of these areas by the development specialists in the program. These schools were equipped with the latest specifications applied in similar educational projects in the Kingdom.
The Saudi Program for the Development and Reconstruction of Yemen recently celebrated the opening of eight new model schools in Al-Mahra governorate.
It raised the enrollment rate of the governorate’s sons and daughters with educational opportunities by 10%, while education projects in the governorate of Mahra have helped 3,348 students.
The school bus project helped 27,336 students, from the project of equipping schools with educational furniture for old and new schools in the governorate.
The Saudi Program for the Development and Reconstruction of Yemen has made several contributions to universal and safe access to free education and to support educational and learning opportunities.
One of them is the provision of school transportation as it facilitates the access of male and female students to schools and universities in the governorates: Al-Mahra, Aden, Ma’rib and Socotra, in an effort to achieve equal educational opportunities for both sexes, especially for residents of remote villages whose children suffer from difficulty in reaching schools due to the rugged and long roads.
These buses came with solutions that enabled girls to have the opportunity to be educated for the first time. The Saudi Program for the Development and Reconstruction of Yemen’s educational projects also contributed to reducing the percentage of young men and women not enrolled in education in remote areas.
The Saudi Program supports the quality of education and contributes to enhancing the ability of societies to achieve sustainable growth. It supports education, including the printing and distribution of more than half a million copies of textbooks to the governorates of Al-Mahra and Socotra, after long suffering for students due to their participation in studying in old damaged copies.
The Governor of Mahra Muhammad Ali Yasser appreciated the efforts of the Saudi Program for the Development and Reconstruction of Yemen in supporting the education sector, and stated: “Real development is only measured by the level of knowledge of the human being, and this level of knowledge can only be achieved by an education system that runs according to fixed plans and strategies”
The Saudi Program for the Development and Reconstruction of Yemen has implemented 198 development projects to serve seven basic sectors in the Republic of Yemen, which are health, energy, transportation, water, education, agriculture and fisheries, building the capacities of government institutions, and adopted the best development and reconstruction practices to contribute to the sustainability of development impacts.