UNICEF to provide education for 9,000 children in Libya's Benghazi

May 16, 2019

TRIPOLI, May 15 (Xinhua) -- The UN International Children's Emergency Fund (UNICEF) on Wednesday said it will provide learning opportunities for 9,000 children and adolescents in the eastern Libyan city of Benghazi.

'In partnership with the national organization Ekraa, 9,000 children and adolescents in Benghazi will receive learning opportunities to thrive and prosper,' the UNICEF said in a statement.

'The one-year agreement aims to deliver uninterrupted learning for girls and boys affected by the conflict, in addition to providing children who have missed out on education with remedial classes to catch up with their peers,' the statement added.

Benghazi, the second largest city of Libya and birthplace of the 2011 uprising that toppled former leader Muammar Gaddafi, witnessed a fierce war between the eastern-based army led by Khalifa Haftar and extremist groups.

In June 2017, Haftar announced the takeover of Benghazi and defeat of the rival armed groups in the city.

Due to armed conflict and political instability, Libyan authorities are struggling to provide basic services for the people, mainly proper education and healthcare.

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