A Review of Rural Education Status in Yemen: A Brief Survey

By Nabil Khadher M. Abdullah and Vaijayanta Patil.

Published by The International Journal of Pedagogy and Curriculum

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This paper highlights the situation of rural education in the Republic of Yemen. It states that the most important and overlapping factors and reasons that impacted rural education and caused it to be lagging far behind and so challenging for attaining quick educational reformations or even attaining "Educational for All" goals in the country in the short run. Factors such as poverty, low rates of enrolment, high dropout rates, socio-cultural traditions, lack of accessible accepted schools, unavailability of female teachers, and institutional factors have been addressed in this paper. In addition, this paper helps to show some of the policies adopted by the government and their impact on rural education, and it helps to prioritize what needs, as a new policy, to be addressed in these areas, especially what is related to poverty fighting, building accessible and even segregated schools for girls, increasing female teachers' recruiting and hiring to persuade girls to schools, and teachers' training programs especially for female teachers, as well as raising awareness campaigns of the importance of education in general and girls' education in particular that should target such areas.

Keywords: Rural, Education, Status

International Journal of Pedagogy and Curriculum, Volume 19, Issue 2, pp.151-162. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 429.845KB).

Dr Nabil Khadher M. Abdullah

Assistant Lecturer, English Department, College of Education, University of Aden, Aden, Yemen

I worked as an elementary and a high school English teacher from 2000 to 2002 in a rural school in Yemen. Also, I worked as an assistant lecturer for almost six years at the college level in Yemen. I worked as a delegated college teacher from 2002 to 2004 in a rural College of Education, then I was appointed as a permanent demonstrator at the College of Education, Zingibar, the job I still occupy. Having been in that position, I taught many different subjects of English including grammar, reading, short story, writing, and listening. I got an M.A degree in education in December, 2009 from Michigan State University, U.S.A. I worked as a reading specialist (one-on-one reading tutoring sessions)in two different schools in the U.S. during my study there. I am a Ph.D. scholar at SRTMU in Nanded, India.

Vaijayanta Patil

Director of School of Education, School of Educational Sciences, S.R.T.M. University, Nanded, Mahrashtara, India

Dr. V.N. Patil is an Associate Professor at the School of Educational Sciences, S.R.T.M.University, Nanded , India. She had worked as an Assistant Professor in the Teacher Education Department for many years. And, she has been working as a director of the College of Educational Sciences the job she is still occupying . She has an interest in Educational Measurment, Teacher Education, and Maths Education as well. She participated in many seminars, conferences, workshops and published many papers too. Recently, there are eight Ph.D. candidates are working under her supervision.