Tunis, 30 November 2017 – The Special Representative of the Secretary General, Dr Ghassan Salame, together with UNICEF team visited rehabilitated schools in Benghazi yesterday. The completion of rehabilitation work in six schools in the city provide access to improved education environment for some 6,000 girls and boys.
The SRSG commended. “I am confident that education is the key to a better future for Libya,” said Dr. Salame. “I commend UNICEF’s school maintenance and rehabilitation programme in Benghazi and other Libyan cities including Sabha, Sirte and Ubari. More needs to be done and I commit that the UN will increase its contribution to the aim in 2018 and beyond,” he added.
Since the beginning of 2017, and with the generous funding received from the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) and the European Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations (ECHO), UNICEF education programme in Benghazi has included the provision of catch-up classes, rehabilitation of 12 schools out of planned support and rehabilitation of 30 schools all over Libya.
“The newly rehabilitated six schools in Benghazi provide equitable access to education and expose children to a more empowering learning environment. The improved sanitation and availability of clean drinking water will encourage parents and community members to send children to school and prevent their drop out,” said Abdel-Rahman Ghandour, UNCIEF Special Representative for Libya.
UNICEF multi-sectoral programmes in Benghazi support vulnerable children and their families to access improved psychosocial programmes, education, health, water and sanitation services. Around 11,400 girls and boys have benefited from the catch-up classes while more than 134,000 children have been vaccinated against polio in the national vaccination campaign that took place in November 2017.