Muscat: Global education advocacy bodies have called for teachers in war-torn Yemen to be paid, to safeguard the crumbling education system in the country.
Education Cannot Wait, the Global Partnership for Education, UNESCO and UNICEF issued a joint statement on World Teachers' Day.
"The violent conflict in Yemen is severely affecting the education of millions of children throughout the country and takes a heavy toll on teachers. The war has pushed at least half a million children out of school since 2015, and another 3.7 million are at risk of missing this school year if teachers are not paid," the statement read.
The organisations are calling for the resumption of salary payments for the 145,000 Yemeni teachers, who teach children under dire and life-threatening circumstances.
Further delay in paying teachers will likely lead to the collapse of the education sector and impact millions of children in Yemen making them vulnerable to child labor, recruitment into the fighting, trafficking, abuse and early marriage, the statement added,
According to the groups, some teachers haven't received regular salaries for two year, and can no longer meet their most basic needs and have been forced to seek other ways of income to provide for their families.
"The global community must unite to end violence against children in Yemen and protect their right to education," the bodies said.