13.03.2019 - UNESCO Office in Beirut

A workshop in Yemen on Alternative Educational Pathways


As a result of the protracted crisis in Yemen, and the spread of armed conflict, Yemen has been undergoing a major education crisis, that manifests itself in an increase in the number of out-of-school children, and a high rate of children dropout from schools.

To address this situation, the Ministry of Education in Yemen, with the support of UNESCO, has developed a “Framework for Alternative Educational Pathways of Informal Education and ways of connecting them to Formal Education”.

Against this backdrop, the General Directorate of Social Education organized a 2-day workshop in Aden on 26-27 February 2019, to discuss and approve the Framework for Alternative Education Pathways. Held under the patronage of Minister of Education Dr Abdallah Salem, and funded by UNESCO, the workshop gathered representatives from the education community in Yemen, who discussed the policy framework of this document, as well as practical mechanisms of implementing Alternative Education, and capacity-building issues.

The participants came up with a series of recommendations to achieve the institutionalization of social education and alternative education, including through:

- The enactment of laws and legislation that institutionalize alternative education;

- The development of an institutional policy framework that sets the outputs of alternative education and determines a comprehensive qualification framework;

- The development of strategies, systems and action plans through the preparation of a national strategy for alternative learning grounded in Yemen's international commitments in the field of education;

- The establishment of a Supreme National Council to work on preventing children school dropout.

Speaking at the workshop, Dr. Aref Qasem Saleh Al-Qutaibi, who developed the Framework for Social Education, said: “We thank all those who contributed to the success of this initiative, in particular His Excellency the Minister of Education Dr. Abdallah Saleh and the General Directorate of Social Education. Thanks to this framework, Yemen could ensure sustainability, quality, and expansion of its social education”. Al-Qutaibi also thanked UNESCO Beirut for their “invaluable assistance, technical support and funding”.

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