Edition:
United Kingdom
Pictures | Tue Oct 30, 2018 | 9:00pm GMT

Yemeni teacher turns his home into school for 700 students

Almost 700 children come daily to the home of Yemeni teacher Adel al-Shorbagy, after he converted it into a school in the government-held city of Taiz, which has been at the center of a three-and-a-half-year civil war that has left millions on the brink of famine.


REUTERS/Anees Mahyoub

Almost 700 children come daily to the home of Yemeni teacher Adel al-Shorbagy, after he converted it into a school in the government-held city of Taiz, which has been at the center of a three-and-a-half-year civil war that has left millions on the...more

Almost 700 children come daily to the home of Yemeni teacher Adel al-Shorbagy, after he converted it into a school in the government-held city of Taiz, which has been at the center of a three-and-a-half-year civil war that has left millions on the brink of famine. REUTERS/Anees Mahyoub
Close
1 / 9
Al-Shorbagy opened the school following the outbreak of war saying he had nowhere to send his own children. However, 500 boys and girls aged between six and 15 signed up for lessons in that first year. "All the schools closed down and we had a problem that our kids were on the street," Al-Shorbagy told Reuters.




REUTERS/Anees Mahyoub

Al-Shorbagy opened the school following the outbreak of war saying he had nowhere to send his own children. However, 500 boys and girls aged between six and 15 signed up for lessons in that first year. "All the schools closed down and we had a...more

Al-Shorbagy opened the school following the outbreak of war saying he had nowhere to send his own children. However, 500 boys and girls aged between six and 15 signed up for lessons in that first year. "All the schools closed down and we had a problem that our kids were on the street," Al-Shorbagy told Reuters. REUTERS/Anees Mahyoub
Close
2 / 9
Inside the house, facilities are basic, with exposed brick walls and big gaps where windows should be. Ripped curtains are used to divide up space for classrooms.

REUTERS/Anees Mahyoub

Inside the house, facilities are basic, with exposed brick walls and big gaps where windows should be. Ripped curtains are used to divide up space for classrooms. REUTERS/Anees Mahyoub

Inside the house, facilities are basic, with exposed brick walls and big gaps where windows should be. Ripped curtains are used to divide up space for classrooms. REUTERS/Anees Mahyoub
Close
3 / 9
Undeterred, the eager children find any space they can on the floor, with barely any room to move, let alone write. They share donated books and follow what one of the 16 volunteer teachers writes on a broken white board.  


REUTERS/Anees Mahyoub

Undeterred, the eager children find any space they can on the floor, with barely any room to move, let alone write. They share donated books and follow what one of the 16 volunteer teachers writes on a broken white board. REUTERS/Anees Mahyoub

Undeterred, the eager children find any space they can on the floor, with barely any room to move, let alone write. They share donated books and follow what one of the 16 volunteer teachers writes on a broken white board. REUTERS/Anees Mahyoub
Close
4 / 9
Despite the ramshackle setting and lack of facilities, the school is oversubscribed in a country where education has been decimated and accessible, free school options are limited.
  

 REUTERS/Anees Mahyoub

Despite the ramshackle setting and lack of facilities, the school is oversubscribed in a country where education has been decimated and accessible, free school options are limited. REUTERS/Anees Mahyoub

Despite the ramshackle setting and lack of facilities, the school is oversubscribed in a country where education has been decimated and accessible, free school options are limited. REUTERS/Anees Mahyoub
Close
5 / 9
Classes include maths, science and English, with Al-Shorbagy saying he follows the pre-war Yemeni curriculum.


REUTERS/Anees Mahyoub

Classes include maths, science and English, with Al-Shorbagy saying he follows the pre-war Yemeni curriculum. REUTERS/Anees Mahyoub

Classes include maths, science and English, with Al-Shorbagy saying he follows the pre-war Yemeni curriculum. REUTERS/Anees Mahyoub
Close
6 / 9
Students walk into their classes at the teacher's house, who turned it into a makeshift free school that hosts 700 students, in Taiz, Yemen October 18, 2018. Picture taken October 18, 2018. REUTERS/Anees Mahyoub

Students walk into their classes at the teacher's house, who turned it into a makeshift free school that hosts 700 students, in Taiz, Yemen October 18, 2018. Picture taken October 18, 2018. REUTERS/Anees Mahyoub

Students walk into their classes at the teacher's house, who turned it into a makeshift free school that hosts 700 students, in Taiz, Yemen October 18, 2018. Picture taken October 18, 2018. REUTERS/Anees Mahyoub
Close
7 / 9
The government-held city of Taiz has been at the center of a three-and-a-half-year civil war that has left millions on the brink of famine. 


REUTERS/Anees Mahyoub

The government-held city of Taiz has been at the center of a three-and-a-half-year civil war that has left millions on the brink of famine. REUTERS/Anees Mahyoub

The government-held city of Taiz has been at the center of a three-and-a-half-year civil war that has left millions on the brink of famine. REUTERS/Anees Mahyoub
Close
8 / 9
The only other option in the city are private schools but they cost up to 100,000 Yemeni riyal ($400) per year, putting them out of reach for many in the impoverished Arab country. 


 REUTERS/Anees Mahyoub

The only other option in the city are private schools but they cost up to 100,000 Yemeni riyal ($400) per year, putting them out of reach for many in the impoverished Arab country. REUTERS/Anees Mahyoub

The only other option in the city are private schools but they cost up to 100,000 Yemeni riyal ($400) per year, putting them out of reach for many in the impoverished Arab country. REUTERS/Anees Mahyoub
Close
9 / 9

Next Slideshows

Violent storms batter Italy

Violent storms battered Italy for a third consecutive day on Tuesday, killing at least 11 people, and flooding much of Venice.

30 Oct 2018

Migrant caravan crosses river into Mexico

A U.S.-bound caravan of migrants crosses the Suchiate river, the natural border between Guatemala and Mexico, as it moves north.

30 Oct 2018

Mass shooting at Pittsburgh synagogue

A 97-year-old woman, two brothers and a couple in their 80s were among the 11 worshipers murdered at a Pittsburgh synagogue in the deadliest attack ever on the...

29 Oct 2018

Venice under water

Rising waters flood parts of the Italian city.

29 Oct 2018

MORE IN PICTURES

The month of Ramadan

The month of Ramadan

Muslims mark the holy month of Ramadan with fasting and prayer.

Best of Cannes

Best of Cannes

Highlights from the 72nd Cannes Film Festival on the French Riviera.

Indonesia plunges into post-election unrest

Indonesia plunges into post-election unrest

Demonstrations over the outcome of last month's presidential election gripped the heart of Indonesia's capital on Wednesday after an overnight face-off between police and protesters in which Jakarta's governor said six people were killed.

Abortion rights activists rally against new state bans

Abortion rights activists rally against new state bans

Protesters across the country rally against laws passed recently by Republican state legislatures that amount to the tightest restrictions on abortion seen in the United States in decades.

Editor's Choice Pictures

Editor's Choice Pictures

Our top photos from the last 24 hours.

On the frontlines of Tripoli

On the frontlines of Tripoli

The latest flare-up of violence in Libya, where Muammar Gaddafi was toppled in 2011, began a month ago when eastern Libyan commander Khalifa Haftar's forces advanced to the outskirts of Tripoli.

Migrants released from overcrowded U.S. border facility

Migrants released from overcrowded U.S. border facility

Border officials are releasing migrants at bus stations to help ease the strain on crowded facilities at the U.S.-Mexico border.

Notable deaths in 2019

Notable deaths in 2019

Newsmakers and celebrities who have died this year.

U.S. forces deployed amid Iran tensions

U.S. forces deployed amid Iran tensions

The U.S. military deployed a carrier strike group, bombers and Patriot missiles to the Middle East earlier this month in response to what Washington said were troubling indications of possible preparations for an attack by Iran.

Trending Collections

Pictures

Podcast