a project that is the first of its kind in Yemen,
Nada Foundation Educating Displaced Girls English Language
and Children’s Rights
Nada Foundation for Children’s Rights launched the project of “Our Dreams Come True” that aims to educate girls in the Republic of Yemen and gives priority to beneficiaries in Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) camps.
Currently, the project covers the governorates of Hajjah, Dhala, Amanat Al Asimah “Sana’a”, Taiz, Ma’rib, Al Hudaydah and Ibb and the number of female students benefiting from the project is approximately 10,000 girls.
Through the project, the method of teaching girls depends on teaching them English language with emphasis on making girls aware of their rights, identifying the harmful effects of minors’ marriage and combating violence against children. The method adopts 80% of practicing language, sentences and vocabulary with their classmates by using several means and activities that combined learning and training and it adopts 20% of theoretical fundamentals.
The project is considered the first of its kind in Yemen and it is implemented by Nada Foundation with the support of the Foundation’s head, Nada Al-Ahdal, who has allocated part of the proceeds of her book in French and Dutch to finance the project.
According to the plan of the project, #our_dreams_come_true project will achieve the following objectives:
Provide alternatives to educate girls who were deprived of education.
Raising awareness within community and girls about the danger of minors’ marriage.
Provide salaries for some teachers whose salaries were suspended during working in the project.
“launching the project comes from the conviction that education is the best solution to end minors’ marriage and it is the best way to make peace and to get out of the war that Yemen was involved, which leads it to be the worst country in the world because of the conflict, famine, poverty and destruction, especially the last war that leads to close many schools that were in the range of armed operations and teachers’ salaries were suspended for more than a year and a half” Nada Al-Ahdal, head of the foundation said.
Nada al-Ahdal added “in spite of the severity of the war, insecurity and harsh life, our foundation is determined to set up the project in all the governorates of Yemen and this is a challenge in which we try to overcome the conditions of war and the challenges of poverty and famine and provide free education for all girls between the ages of 13-18 who are about 70% of the targets and 30% who are younger, and that the project will also aim males as well as girls.
The head of Nada Foundation called on to participate with her foundation in the success of this project, whether in expanding its activities to other governorates inside Yemen, or replicating it in other countries experiencing wars and conflicts. She also urges those who are interested to be partners in mobilizing people to educate their children and change their societies. She mentioned countries such as Japan, Germany and other European countries, which were emerged after the Second World War by dropping interest in education instead of relying on relief and assistance, which gives a temporary impact in ending suffering. It soon disappears, but education is the most sustainable development policy that gives a long-term effect.
It should be noted that prior to this project, Nada al-Ahdal had implemented the project of “Safe Havens” to help girls fleeing violence and early marriage and provided assistance through her foundation. She is now mobilizing public opinion to take care of their children’s education and urging them to “Leave wars to warlords and politics to politicians and according to our societal issues, we are the makers of change and responsible for it” she said. Through Nada al-Ahdal’s Facebook and Twitter accounts, she has been mobilizing and advocacy to push children and girls to education and to attend school.