Teacher salaries paid to keep Yemeni children in school: UN

CAIRO (AP) – The United Nations children’s agency said it has started paying over 136,000 teachers and school-based staff in Yemen who haven’t received their salaries in over two years.

UNICEF said on Sunday its scheme covers staff in over 10,300 schools and will benefit an estimated 3.7 million children. It said over two million children are already out of school, out of seven million school-aged children.

Geert Cappelaere, UNICEF regional director for the Mideast and North Africa, said eligible teachers and staff will be paid USD50 monthly, with the first payment cycle reaching more than 97,000 professionals.