'' I have the opportunity to attend for the first time a training session along with women from all social components of Sebha. It is very interesting experience as I am learning a lot from them,'' said Ms. Kareema Baznaka, civil society activist and student at Sebha University, Psychology Department, during an event organized by Fezzan Libya Organization (FLO) at Al-Akaber Centre for Women Literacy in Sebha.
Sebha, and the Fezzan region in southern Libya in general, have been affected by the prolonged crisis caused by national instability, civil war, and the political fragmentation that occurred in the country since 2011 which led to severe damage in the social fabric, economic difficulties, and increased tension between local tribes.
Al-Akaber Centre is one of Ministry of Education's subsidiaries in the south that was built as literacy and vocational training for women. ''It was established in 2007, and started with three classes for literacy and two groups for memorizing the Holy Quran, and the number was more than 50 members in the evening shift only,'' declared Ms. Rabiaa Muhammed Yusuf, Director of the centre.
'' Since 2007, the center provided trainings in first aid in collaboration with the Libyan Red Crescent. It also set up a training course for kindergarten teachers in cooperation with teachers from the College of Education in Sebha,'' Rabiaa added.
Before UNDP’s intervention, the center lacked adequate maintenance and needed urgent utilities repair and additional space to provide decent learning environment for the trainees.
Boosting job opportunities for women in Sebha
Led by national and local institutions and implemented by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) with support from 13 international partners and the Government of Libya through the Ministry of Planning, the Stabilization Facility for Libya (SFL) completed renovation of Al-Akaber Centre for Women Literacy.