Stories: Teachers at work supporting the Ministry’s Learning Continuity program - Yemen

Published by
Inter-agency Network for Education in Emergencies (INEE)
Written by
Ahmed Alqadhi
Education Sector Planning

This story was collected as part of INEE's 20th Anniversary commemoration to highlight how education in the midst of crisis and upheaval has made a difference for our members and those they work with (learners, youth, teachers, caregivers, etc.). For more stories, click here.

Teachers at work supporting the Ministry’s Learning Continuity program

Name: Ahmed Alqadhi

Organization: Teach SDG's (Ambassador) 

Location: Yemen 

I am Ahmed Abdul Hameed Al-Qadhi, Ambassador of the Program for the Teaching of Sustainable Development Goals in Yemen. I am also an EFL Teacher Trainer and an educational supervisor at the Ministry of Education and the British Council. I translated the Global Goals Book for the Innovation Lab Schools, a very important reference for every Arab teacher interested in teaching sustainable development goals. I would like to volunteer to work as an interpreter with the INEE for the service of education in the Arab world. Attached the Global Goals Book and Critical Thinking Mini-Guide Book."

This was my first step with the Inter-agency Network for Education in Emergencies (INEE), a message of willingness to volunteer in this network in Yemen. My experience as a volunteer in the network has evolved as a translator, auditor, and language reviser. In this regard, I would like to extend my thanks and gratitude to Mr. Ayman Qwaider, Arabic Language Community Facilitator (ALCF) of the Inter-agency Network for Education in Emergencies (INEE). It was only Mr. Ayman who has a great role to play in my continuation as a volunteer in the Network. His humane manner which continuously raises the motivation of volunteers. Mr. Ayman created a group of WhatsApp for us, the volunteers to work as translators and language reviewers. This created a united community as if we were in one country. We, Sahar from Jordan, Belal from Syria, Ehab from Egypt, me from Yemen, and others from other Arab countries working as a team to achieve the lofty goals of the Inter-agency Network for Education in Emergencies (INEE), and to pursue the fourth Sustainable Development Goal SDG4, (Quality Education) which aims to ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all. As a team, we have reviewed many important documents for INEE. Working with my colleagues for INEE makes me feel that I am serving the whole of humanity. I feel that I am serving the children who have been forcibly displaced in Yemen, Syria, and everywhere in the world. I have internalized their feelings and suffering. This experience has given me new knowledge about the INEE Minimum Standards for Education, and about the rights of children. I became an active advocate of these rights in Yemen. I use all ways to communicate these rights to all people, such as social media platforms, webinars, blogs, and awareness-raising campaigns. In addition, I dedicate to my organization, (Support Yemeni Society Organization SYS) for this noble purpose. As a result of this experience, I have implemented nutrition programs for the most vulnerable and needy rural schoolgirls to help them continue their education. We have also implemented awareness programs on the prevention of the Coronavirus for many teachers and students in Sana'a. Besides, we have implemented educational programs on the Sustainable Development Goals for teachers and students in many schools in Sana'a. I also seek to train all people concerned with Education such as School managers, teachers, and NGOs on the INEE Minimum Standards for Education in Yemen. 

This experience has led me to encourage more volunteers here in Yemen to join INEE in order to cover all areas of the country. Therefore, I have started forming a team of volunteers (males and females) in order to achieve INEE mission. This is my experience with INEE. I hope it will continue forever. Finally, I wish this network more success and development.

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