School walls with no cracks in Ubari
“I did not expect to return to my original school in Ubari. Last year, I attended school in Twitta, a small village in the east of Ubari. I am glad to see the classrooms and the yard in a new dazzling look after the rehabilitation” said Amina Zintani, a student at Alqurania school.
She is one of the hundreds of students who had to leave Ubari and pursue their studies in cities far from their hometown. Most of the schools in Ubari were severely damaged during the armed conflict that took place in the city in 2014.
- Led by the Government of National Accord (GNA) and implemented by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the Stabilization Facility for Libya is an immediate stabilization initiative which provides quick rehabilitation of critical infrastructure and delivery of equipment to support local authorities to improve its services to their citizens.
- The Facility rehabilitated Alqurania, Almarkazia and Althanwia schools in Ubari, closing cracks and holes, replacing doors and windows, and renovating damaged areas.
- The reopening of the three rehabilitated schools in Ubari allowed many students to return, but many others are still displaced in different neighboring cities.
“If it was only the equipment ruined, we could have may be able to continue our studies, but the whole building was destroyed,” explained Narjes Mahmoud, a fourth-grade student from the same school.
Aiming to send their children to the school, many families moved to Sebha, Tripoli, Murzuq and Ghat.
“I moved to Tripoli together with my parents and siblings to have the chance to attend classes there,” said Zainab Al Amin, another student at Alqurania school.
Although Zainab had the chance to pursue her studies in the capital city, she always wanted to go back to her school in Ubari. “It was difficult for me to adapt to the new environment and make new friends,” she explained.
After one year, she is now happy to be back at Alqurania school. “It feels great being with my friends again. The people and this place mean a lot to me,” she said.
The Stabilization Facility for Libya (SFL), led by the Government of National Accord and implemented by UNDP rehabilitated Alqurania, Almarkazia and Althanwia schools in Ubari, closing cracks and holes, replacing doors and windows, and renovating damaged areas.
Some families did not have the resources to leave the city or send their children to other schools, so they kept going to class in the ruined building.
“I feel comfortable working here now,” said Masouda Ibrahim, an employee of the school. “Children and workers were having health issues because of the cold coming from the damaged windows and crushed walls. Thanks to the rehabilitation, we will be better protected from now on.”
The reopening of the three rehabilitated schools in Ubari allowed many students to return, but many others are still displaced in different neighboring cities.
“I brought my children to the school today. I think they can have a good learning environment after the rehabilitation of the schools. Therefore, I encourage all the people who are still displaced to return to Ubari,” stated Mr. Yousef Abdel Rahman, a Ubari resident.