Students in Kikla redesign their future
Ahmed Abou Ouan is a 24-year old physical education’s student from Kikla University (150 kilometers south-west Tripoli). He used to attend classes at the Faculty of Education of the Western Mountain University. In October 2014, according to local sources, about 200 young people died when a conflict erupted in the city. Ahmed’s college building was severely damaged.
"A big part of the university was destroyed and most of its equipment was either damaged or stolen during the conflict in Kikla," said Mr. Abdul Halim Korkam, Dean Assistant for Academic Affairs at the Faculty of Education, Western Mountain University.
- 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.
- In 2016, the SFL rehabilitated the lecture theater and the administration offices, installing new doors, windows, lights, furniture and computers.
- The Facility support aims at rehabilitating critical infrastructure; boosting the capacity of local authorities to address the needs of the population; and enhancing local mediation and conflict resolution capacities.
To stay safe, Ahmed fled with his family to Tripoli, hoping to continue his studies in the capital.
“I knew that it was going to be difficult from Tripoli, but I did not expect it to be impossible,” explained Ahmed.
The Western Mountain University planned to continue the classes in Tripoli for the 1000 students displaced from Kikla, however, in practice, traveling every day to Tripoli was a challenge for most of the teachers.
“I really wanted to help those young people to keep going with their studies, but the road was very dangerous and unsafe. Every day we were trying to reach Tripoli, we were facing problems with the militias,” explained Abdul Basset Al-Hamrouni, a teacher at Western Mountain University.
Some departments started to give lessons in Tripoli after one year. Ahmed was not among the student receiving classes, since his teachers needed specific equipment to explain physical education topics.
In 2016, the Stabilization Facility for Libya (SFL), led by the Government of National Accord and implemented by UNDP, rehabilitated the lecture theater and the administration offices, installing new doors, windows, lights, furniture and computers.
Three years after the conflict, Ahmed and his colleagues are back to studying in Kikla.
“I am happy not only because I feel that my dream started to be fulfilled, but also because many young people will have the opportunity to have a good education and not to lose years of their life hoping to return to school,” said Ahmed Abou Ouan.