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Supporting Educational Reform in Yemen

Following requests made from the Yemen Government, Sheikh Mohamed Bin Issa Al Jaber and the MBI Al Jaber Foundation are working in conjunction with UNESCO to help reform the entire Yemen Education system.

The project for reform was signed into action in Paris on the 7th February 2013 by Mrs Irina Bokova, Director General of UNESCO, and HE Sheikh Mohamed Bin Issa Al Jaber, UNESCO Special Envoy for Education, Tolerance and Cultures. Sheikh Mohamed, on behalf of the MBI Al Jaber Foundation, has agreed to provide $1 million in seed funding for the two year education initiative; during this time, UNESCO and the MBI Al Jaber Foundation will work closely alongside the Yemeni Ministries of Education, Technical and Vocational Education and Higher Education and Research to improve,  strengthen and reform both the education system and its service delivery.

Once the project is completed, the MBI Al Jaber Foundation will have helped formulate a new national vision for education and developed a brand new platform to support the diverse educational needs of the country. We will also be helping to lead the reform of technical and vocational training, to ensure that tomorrow's labour is fully equipped to meet a range of new demands and challenges.

Population growth rates in the country are set to double in just 25 years time… and at present 50% of the country is under the age of 15. The MBI Al Jaber Foundation, UNESCO and the Yemeni Government recognise that revolutionising the educational infrastructure will be an extensive and difficult process… but one that must be tackled now in order for Yemen to thrive and prosper in the coming decades.



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