Open-Air School Under Trees in Yemen

Published September 19th, 2019 - 06:52 GMT

In war-torn Yemen, the students of Al Kashar began a new school term without a building, tables or chairs. 

In the verdant highlands above the city, pupils in Al Kashar further their studies surrounded by goats grazing in nearby fields.

The classes are given in a field outside the school which was under construction but was never completed when funding was stopped due to the war that broke out in Yemen in 2015.

The city of Taez, overlooked by Al-Kashar, remains under the control of the internationally recognised government, but has frequently come under attack by Houthi rebels.

According to the UN, two million of the country's seven million children of school age go without education in Yemen. More than 2,500 schools are out of use across Yemen, of which two-thirds have been damaged in attacks, 27 percent closed and seven percent used by the military or as shelters for displaced people.

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School children attend an open-air class under a tree near their unfiniA Yemeni school boy holds his goat as he arrives to attend an open-air class at a unfinished school in the southwestern Yemeni village of al-Kashar Ahmad AL-BASHA / AFP

School children attend an open-air class under a tree near their unfiniA Yemeni school boy holds his goat as he arrives to attend an open-air class at a unfinished school in the southwestern Yemeni village of al-Kashar Ahmad AL-BASHA / AFP

A Yemeni boy holds his notebooks as school children attend an open-air class under a tree near their unfinished school  Ahmad AL-BASHA / AFP

A Yemeni boy holds his notebooks as school children attend an open-air class under a tree near their unfinished school Ahmad AL-BASHA / AFP

Yemeni school children attend an open-air class under a tree near their unfinished school  Ahmad AL-BASHA / AFP

Yemeni school children attend an open-air class under a tree near their unfinished school Ahmad AL-BASHA / AFP

Yemeni school children attend an open-air class at their unfinished school in the southwestern Yemen Ahmad AL-BASHA / AFP

Yemeni school children attend an open-air class at their unfinished school in the southwestern Yemen Ahmad AL-BASHA / AFP

Yemeni school children attend an open-air class at their unfinished school in Yemen Ahmad AL-BASHA / AFP

Yemeni school children attend an open-air class at their unfinished school in Yemen Ahmad AL-BASHA / AFP

School children attend an open-air class under a tree near their unfinished school  Ahmad AL-BASHA / AFP

School children attend an open-air class under a tree near their unfinished school Ahmad AL-BASHA / AFP

School children attend an open-air class under a tree near their unfinished school  Ahmad AL-BASHA / AFP

School children attend an open-air class under a tree near their unfinished school Ahmad AL-BASHA / AFP

School children attend an open-air class under a tree near their unfinished school in the southwestern Yemeni village of al-Kashar in Taez governorate's Mashraa and Hadnan district at the start of the new academic year in the war-battered country.  Ahmad AL-BASHA / AFP

School children attend an open-air class under a tree near their unfinished school in the southwestern Yemeni village of al-Kashar in Taez governorate's Mashraa and Hadnan district at the start of the new academic year in the war-battered country. Ahmad AL-BASHA / AFP

More than 2,500 schools are out of use across Yemen, of which two thirds have been damaged in attacks, 27 percent closed and seven percent used by the military or as shelters for displaced people. AHMAD AL-BASHA / AFP

More than 2,500 schools are out of use across Yemen, of which two thirds have been damaged in attacks, 27 percent closed and seven percent used by the military or as shelters for displaced people. AHMAD AL-BASHA / AFP

The classes are given in a field outside the school which was under construction but was never completed when funding was stopped due to the war that broke out in Yemen in 2015. AHMAD AL-BASHA / AFP

The classes are given in a field outside the school which was under construction but was never completed when funding was stopped due to the war that broke out in Yemen in 2015. AHMAD AL-BASHA / AFP

School children attend an open-air class under a tree near their unfiniA Yemeni school boy holds his goat as he arrives to attend an open-air class at a unfinished school in the southwestern Yemeni village of al-Kashar Ahmad AL-BASHA / AFP
A Yemeni boy holds his notebooks as school children attend an open-air class under a tree near their unfinished school  Ahmad AL-BASHA / AFP
Yemeni school children attend an open-air class under a tree near their unfinished school  Ahmad AL-BASHA / AFP
Yemeni school children attend an open-air class at their unfinished school in the southwestern Yemen Ahmad AL-BASHA / AFP
Yemeni school children attend an open-air class at their unfinished school in Yemen Ahmad AL-BASHA / AFP
School children attend an open-air class under a tree near their unfinished school  Ahmad AL-BASHA / AFP
School children attend an open-air class under a tree near their unfinished school  Ahmad AL-BASHA / AFP
School children attend an open-air class under a tree near their unfinished school in the southwestern Yemeni village of al-Kashar in Taez governorate's Mashraa and Hadnan district at the start of the new academic year in the war-battered country.  Ahmad AL-BASHA / AFP
More than 2,500 schools are out of use across Yemen, of which two thirds have been damaged in attacks, 27 percent closed and seven percent used by the military or as shelters for displaced people. AHMAD AL-BASHA / AFP
The classes are given in a field outside the school which was under construction but was never completed when funding was stopped due to the war that broke out in Yemen in 2015. AHMAD AL-BASHA / AFP
School children attend an open-air class under a tree near their unfiniA Yemeni school boy holds his goat as he arrives to attend an open-air class at a unfinished school in the southwestern Yemeni village of al-Kashar Ahmad AL-BASHA / AFP
School children attend an open-air class under a tree near their unfiniA Yemeni school boy holds his goat as he arrives to attend an open-air class at a unfinished school in the southwestern Yemeni village of al-Kashar Ahmad AL-BASHA / AFP
A Yemeni boy holds his notebooks as school children attend an open-air class under a tree near their unfinished school  Ahmad AL-BASHA / AFP
A Yemeni boy holds his notebooks as school children attend an open-air class under a tree near their unfinished school Ahmad AL-BASHA / AFP
Yemeni school children attend an open-air class under a tree near their unfinished school  Ahmad AL-BASHA / AFP
Yemeni school children attend an open-air class under a tree near their unfinished school Ahmad AL-BASHA / AFP
Yemeni school children attend an open-air class at their unfinished school in the southwestern Yemen Ahmad AL-BASHA / AFP
Yemeni school children attend an open-air class at their unfinished school in the southwestern Yemen Ahmad AL-BASHA / AFP
Yemeni school children attend an open-air class at their unfinished school in Yemen Ahmad AL-BASHA / AFP
Yemeni school children attend an open-air class at their unfinished school in Yemen Ahmad AL-BASHA / AFP
School children attend an open-air class under a tree near their unfinished school  Ahmad AL-BASHA / AFP
School children attend an open-air class under a tree near their unfinished school Ahmad AL-BASHA / AFP
School children attend an open-air class under a tree near their unfinished school  Ahmad AL-BASHA / AFP
School children attend an open-air class under a tree near their unfinished school Ahmad AL-BASHA / AFP
School children attend an open-air class under a tree near their unfinished school in the southwestern Yemeni village of al-Kashar in Taez governorate's Mashraa and Hadnan district at the start of the new academic year in the war-battered country.  Ahmad AL-BASHA / AFP
School children attend an open-air class under a tree near their unfinished school in the southwestern Yemeni village of al-Kashar in Taez governorate's Mashraa and Hadnan district at the start of the new academic year in the war-battered country. Ahmad AL-BASHA / AFP
More than 2,500 schools are out of use across Yemen, of which two thirds have been damaged in attacks, 27 percent closed and seven percent used by the military or as shelters for displaced people. AHMAD AL-BASHA / AFP
More than 2,500 schools are out of use across Yemen, of which two thirds have been damaged in attacks, 27 percent closed and seven percent used by the military or as shelters for displaced people. AHMAD AL-BASHA / AFP
The classes are given in a field outside the school which was under construction but was never completed when funding was stopped due to the war that broke out in Yemen in 2015. AHMAD AL-BASHA / AFP
The classes are given in a field outside the school which was under construction but was never completed when funding was stopped due to the war that broke out in Yemen in 2015. AHMAD AL-BASHA / AFP