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Rebuilding futures: EU-UNDP inaugurate two schools in Sabratha

20/11/2020 - 20:58
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Two elementary and middle schools were handed over this week to the local community in Sabratha after undergoing substantial renovations. The rehabilitation of the school buildings was financed by the European Union and implemented by UNDP as part of the Baladiyati (“MyMunicipality”) programme – a €50 million EU programme to help improve public services and access to education, health, clean water and sanitation in 24 municipalities across Libya.

The two schools, located in the west of Sabratha, are hosting 700 students. Al-Tawila elementary and middle School was built in 1973 and since then had never been renovated. Al-Houria elementary school had equally been lacking maintenance and necessary renovations, posing health and security risks for students, teachers and staff. Both schools underwent substantial renovations, expansions and updates to be able to host more students and provide them with safe and modern facilities.

EU Ambassador to Libya, José Sabadell, underlined the importance of creating safe learning environments for children as crucial investments in Libya’s future. “We are glad that we could complete the important renovation of Al-Tawila and Al-Houria schools in Sabratha despite the additional difficulties posed by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. This project is a crucial part of the European Union’s ongoing support to Libyan municipalities in their efforts to improve public services.”

“We thank everyone who extended a helping hand and made these programmes possible. Supporting the ancient city of Sabratha means supporting a world heritage city, one which contains remains of ancient civilizations and one that has made its mark on human history. As people of Sabratha, we are supportive of any efforts that serve the city, whether international or local” said Ramzi Masoud, mayor of Sabratha, at the handover ceremony.

Baladiyati is funded by the EU Emergency Trust Fund for Africa (EUTF). The programme is implemented by the Italian development agency AICS, UNDP and UNICEF. The EUTF for Africa was created to address the root causes of instability, forced displacement and irregular migration, contribute to a better migration management and assist host communities.

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