The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the Libyan Government have signed an agreement that aims to improve the basic education system in the North African country.
“Quality education for all is fundamental for a peaceful, democratic and productive society, and UNICEF commends the Ministry of Education for tangible achieved results,” said Carel de Rooy, the agency’s Libya Country Director.
The agreement was signed by Mr. del Rooy and the Minister of Education, Ali Abed, in the Libyan capital, Tripoli.
“We are very pleased to respond to the needs and requests of the Libyan Government and sign this work plan so that this joint plan can be operationalized in the best interest of children and adolescents in Libya.”
The signing of the agreement will kick start action on various policies, including the development of an education management information system, validation of early learning development standards, and the promotion of early childhood care. It will also support teachers’ training, risk education and the establishment of inclusive education mechanisms in schools.
UNICEF has been an important partner of Libya’s Ministry of Education, supporting the first nationwide schools assessment after the revolution in 2011, promoting mine risk education, and training teachers in psychosocial support and positive discipline and classroom management as well as drafting the first standards for early childhood development.
Today’s agreement is a continuation of the initial humanitarian response in 2011, and the 2012 work plan signed for sustainable development cooperation between the Ministry of Education and UNICEF.
In a news release, UNICEF commended the steps taken by the Education Ministry to achieve an effective education system, but warned that there are still many challenges. The agency also reiterated its support, as well as that of development partners to support the Ministry to realize its goals.