UNICEF opens a school in Ain Zara after rehabilitation

UNICEF opens a school in Ain Zara after rehabilitation

May 12, 2020 - 18:51
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Written By: AbdulkaderAssad

UNICEF has completed the rehabilitation of Al-Zohoor School in Ain Zara Municipality in south Tripoli, providing access to improved education environment for nearly 800 girls and 950 boys.

On the occasion of the official completion, an inauguration ceremony took place on May 10, according to a UNICEF statement.

UNICEF said that the school original building was destroyed and heavily damaged in 2019 in the war led by Khalifa Haftar's forces on Tripoli.

It added that the renewal happened under the umbrella of the two-year work plan between the Ministry of Education in Libya and UNICEF, saying that the school underwent full five-months maintenance before reopening.

This school is one of three schools that have been rehabilitated in Tripoli by UNICEF this year.

"Rehabilitation is also underway in two other schools in Tripoli which will bring the number of benefiting students to nearly 3573 children. School rehabilitation is funded by generous contributions from European Union." UNICEF said.

UNICEF said last January that the escalation of violence due to Haftar's attacks in and around Tripoli had taken a devastating toll on children’s education, with five schools destroyed and 210 schools shuttered, pushing over 115.000 children out of school in the Ain-Zara, Abu Salim and Souq Al-Jumua areas.

It called on parties to the conflict in Libya to protect children at all times, stop attacks against schools and to refrain from violence including indiscriminate attacks on civilians and civilian infrastructure.

Meanwhile, Haftar's forces continue to target civilian infrastructure, including schools, such as the attack on a school in Abu Salim that led to massive damage.