TRIPOLI – The “Education Cannot Wait” Initiative allocated US$750,000 towards a UNICEF initiated education in emergency response program to support 9,000 girls and boys affected by the ongoing protracted crisis in Libya which is compounded by the COVID-19 pandemic.
“With more than eight months into the pandemic, children’s education is significantly disrupted. With education on hold, their future will be on hold. We cannot allow that.” said UNICEF Special Representative in Libya, AbdulKadir Musse.
“This initiative will enable UNICEF and its partners to help children in Libya, including the most vulnerable, such as children with disability and refugee and migrant children. We must act now to ensure they are not left behind,” he added.
The initiative will help to minimize the impact of disruption in education by increasing accessibility while maintaining the safety of children and educational personnel during the COVID-19 pandemic.
UNICEF, as the sector lead and in partnership with the “Education Cannot Wait” Initiative and other stakeholders, has prioritized distance learning, capacity building of educators for mental health and psychosocial support to children, catch up classes, water and sanitation activities, and supplementary food distribution in selected schools.