Minister of Education: 8,000 displaced teachers receive no monthly-cash stipends from UNICEF

Minister of Education: 8,000 displaced teachers receive no monthly-cash stipends from UNICEF

Alsahwa Net- Around 8,000 public displaced teachers have not received yet monthly stipends from the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), Abdullah Lamlas, Yemen’s Minister of Education said on Sunday.

Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates announced in October 2018 a pledge of $70 million to be paid by the UNICEF to the country’s public teachers to encourage resumption of public education, according to the UNICEF.

The monthly- cash stipend program has been designed to pay 135,000 unpaid public teachers nationwide, according to the UNICEF website. However, Lamlas explained that 8,000 displaced teachers have not been paid yet by the UNICEF.

This statement came during a meeting between the education minister and the UNICEF Deputy Representative in Yemen, Sherin Varkey in Aden this Sunday.

Lamlas said that the UNICEF is a key partner to ease challenges his ministry encounters, but some pending issues including payment of the monthly-cash stipends to displaced teachers must be resolved. For his part, Varkey said that the UNICEF will seek solution to teachers who were excluded from monthly-cash stipends.

 He added that the UNICEF has already set up a complaint-mechanism to provide clarification on teachers’ monthly-cash stipends.

He appreciated efforts led by the education ministry in the legitimate government in Aden and indicated that the UNICEF seeks collaboration with the ministry towards implementation of all of its ongoing education projects in Yemen.

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