On September 21, 2014, the Houthis invaded the Yemeni capital, Sana’a, and overthrew the legitimate government by force of arms. They successively expanded in the northern and central governorates, so that most of those areas became subject to their influence. Since then, the Houthis launched a strategy aimed at imposing political, economic, security, and even social and ideological hegemony over all of these areas. Consequently, all institutions in Sana’a and the rest of the governorates under the control of the Houthi group turned into a tool to achieve the greater goal which is the creation of a society that is intellectually, culturally, and socially loyal to the group, including the summer centers that it organizes during the school vacation period from 2017 until the current year under the slogan (Education and Jihad).
These courses target groups of children and youth under the slogan of nurturing, educating, and protecting the generation from false culture. However, the lessons that students receive in summer centers are imbued with hatred, revenge, sectarianism, and violence, which causes, in the short and long term, dire consequences for social peace in a country that has been torn apart by wars for several years. In application of the slogan of those centers, (Education and Jihad); the Houthi group makes an opportunity to supply its fronts with fighters, even if they are young.
The American Center for justice (ACJ) conducted this report to inform the local and international public opinion about the danger of summer centers that work to create violence and hatred, and the upbringing of children on sectarian and ideological ideas that have serious implications for the security of communities at the local, regional and international levels, and the gross violations taking place in these centers Against Children, Education and educational institutions.