Saudi Arabia announces new $7 million contribution to UNICEF education programs in Yemen

NEW YORK/RIYAD, March 28, 2022 – UNICEF and Saudi Arabia, through the King Salman Center for Humanitarian Relief and Relief (KSrelief), today announced a new contribution of $7 million to support the response of the UNICEF in the field of education in Yemen.

The funding will help increase access to quality education for girls and boys through formal, non-formal and alternative education opportunities. The project aims to reach 578,000 children, 7,000 teachers and 54,000 community members in Yemen.

The grant, signed today in Riyadh by UNICEF Executive Director Catherine Russell and KSrelief General Supervisor, Dr Abdullah Al Rabeeah, brings the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia’s recently received contributions to UNICEF to 22 million from the 2021 appeal. Previous agreements have provided quality maternal and newborn health services and access to clean water to thousands of children in Yemen.

“As the conflict in Yemen enters its eighth year, the situation for children is increasingly dire. Partnering with KSrelief helps maintain vital health, education, water, sanitation and hygiene services for millions of children across the country,” said UNICEF Executive Director, Katherine Russell. “Yemen is experiencing one of the biggest humanitarian crises in the world, and we will continue to do our best, but at the end of the day, the children of Yemen need peace.

“Every child has the right to learn. On behalf of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, KSrelief is pleased to partner with UNICEF to ensure children in Yemen have access to quality education in safe learning environments,” said H.E. Dr. Abdullah Al Rabeeah , Supervisor General of King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center. “This agreement will help us achieve the goal of providing a brighter future for millions of children. Together, we will continue to meet the urgent needs of children in Yemen and around the world.

A protracted armed conflict, widespread economic collapse and breakdown of national systems and services have left 72% of Yemen’s population, including 12.9 million children, in need of humanitarian assistance.

UNICEF urgently needs $240 million to fund its life-saving emergency response for conflict-affected children over the next six months.

Helen D. Jessen