Schools in Ubari Get Ready to Welcome Back Their Students

high school 1Ongoing rehabilitation work at Althanwya High School in Ubari. Photo: ©UNDP/Ali Alshareef

 

“I feel filled with hope because I am witnessing how the classrooms of my schools return to the way they were, and that the scars of the missiles, and broken openings in the walls used by fighters for passage, are now gone.”

Highlights

  • The renovation undertaken by the Stabilization Facility for Libya (SFL) led by the Government of National Accord and implemented by UNDP will allow Alhaj go back to his school, Althanwya, for the next academic year.
  • In Ubari, the schools are not only where sports and cultural activities happen but also the hubs for advocacy campaigns.
  • SFL is rehabilitating the building, closing cracks and holes, replacing doors and windows, and rebuilding damaged areas.

Alhaj Ali used to study at Althanwya High School which was badly damaged during the clashes in Ubari in 2014. The school was closed and now he is temporary a student at the Jeel Al-Sa’ad School. The renovation undertaken by the Stabilization Facility for Libya (SFL) led by the Government of National Accord and implemented by UNDP will allow Alhaj go back to his school, Althanwya, for the next academic year.

“I hope to meet with my colleagues again, and that the classroom will bring us together. Right now, they are all studying in different cities; in Tripoli, Murzug, Sebha and some in the neighboring towns. The rehabilitation of our school will unify us again,” said Alhaj with a smile on his face.

“If Ubari’s students return to their classrooms and their desks, life will return to the city,” explained Mohammed, one of the residents who live near by the school. “The return to life to the city will help the local economy and the youth will have something to do with their lives.” 

high school 2Workers repair cracks at Althanwya School in Ubari. Photo: © UNDP/Ali Alshareeff

In Ubari, the schools are not only where sports and cultural activities happen but also the hubs for advocacy campaigns. In 2014, the conflict paralyzed any activity in the schools. The fighters used the schools as combat sites which resulted in fallen shells, destroyed structures, and cracks in the buildings. The damage varied from school to school, in some of them, the classrooms and toilets collapsed.

SFL is rehabilitating the building, closing cracks and holes, replacing doors and windows, and rebuilding damaged areas. The project has also built 20 new classrooms which, according to officials of the education sector, will represent reforms on the education system.

“This school used to have overcrowded classrooms. Each class used to have more than 50 students. That affected negatively the education quality,” said one of the officials.

The Stabilization Facility for Libya is also supervising the construction of a new school as well as rehabilitating Al-Qurania and Al-Markazziha Schools, both severe damaged by the armed conflict in Ubari.

high school 3Workers repair the bullet holes on the façade of the Althanwya High School in Ubari. Photo: © UNDP/Ali Alshareeff

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