The Address | Benghazi – Libya
TUNIS – The Republic of Korea has allocated today US$500,000 for a UNICEF-supported education program in Misurata, north-western Libya. The partnership extends for two years, and aims to improve education quality for some 5,000 girls and boys in the city, UNICEF office in Libya said in a statement.
With the generous funds received from the Republic of Korea, UNICEF will rehabilitate three schools, provide school supplies and equipment and support the children with non-formal education opportunities, recreational activities and life-skills. The program also includes specialized training for teachers and other education personnel to support vulnerable children affected by conflict and displacement, the statement said.
The partnership aligns with the Korean Ministry of Foreign Affairs goals of promoting sustainable development through strengthening responsiveness and managing capacity to handle societal, political, economic and environmental risks while providing humanitarian programs for the most destitute and deprived children, according to UNICEF.
“Education has been a vital force for the development of the Republic of Korea. I hope that today’s contribution would support Libyan children in need to continue to pursue their aspiration for better future. As a close and longtime friend, the Republic of Korea will continue to work together with Libyan and international partners to rebuild Libya.” said H.E. Mr. Sungsoo Choi, Ambassador of the Republic of Korea to Libya.
Across Libya, UNICEF’s education program helps provide all children with equal access to quality education in a safe environment, UNICEF pointed out.
“We are grateful for our partnership with the Government of Korea, and thankful for their support to children’s education in Libya”, said Abdel-Rahman Ghandour, UNICEF Special Representative for Libya. “When we invest in our children’s education, they can achieve their aspirations and dreams and secure a better future for themselves and their country.”
The program funded by the Republic of Korea will supports conflict-affected communities in Misurata where 9,311 children aged 6-17 require education support. The district is among the top five in Libya for the number of people in need for education support. The district includes internally displaced children with their families, returnees, host communities, and children from migrant and refugee communities, as stated.
The program aims to:
– Rehabilitate at least three schools including water and sanitation facilities in Misurata municipality;
– Provide structured recreational activities and life skills sessions to promote recovery, resilience, inclusiveness, and social cohesion to conflict-affected children in the targeted schools;
– Building the capacities of teachers and other education personnel to respond to the specific needs of children affected by conflict and displacement.