“Life needs have become very hard to meet,” says Mohammad. "Teaching is no longer fulfilling the purpose, so I found myself forced to abandon teaching and find other work that can help my family keep afloat.”
An estimated 171,600 teachers, or two thirds of the teaching workforce are in the same boat – having not received a regular salary for four years. This puts nearly 4 million additional children at risk of missing out on their education as unpaid teachers are being forced to quit teaching.
“We really suffered because of a lack of income, so we tried to go for different kinds of work but we could not,” he says. “As teachers, we do not have experience except in teaching.”
In order to support his family and enable his daughters to keep up their education, Mohammed found work as a tuk-tuk driver. He has now swapped the classroom and for the roads of Sana’a. While Mohammad is able to try and provide for his family, 85 per cent of the country’s children are living in poverty.
"It hurts the students’ souls when they
find all teachers abandoning teaching."