By Ashraf Abdul-Wahab and Houda Mzioudet.
Tripoli, 1 September 2013:
The Libyan government is to send 5,000 former revolutionaries rebels to continue their studies abroad, Libyan . . .[restrict]Minister of Higher Education and Scienfitic Research, Mohamed Hassan Abu Bakr, has told the Libya Herald. An agreement was signed in the presence of the director of Warriors Affairs Commission (WAC), Mustafa Sagezli and Ahmed Al-Banouni, the director of WAC’s board for foreign study programmes.
“The programme aims at building a new Libya. It is a move from military era to one of knowledge and construction of the country”, Sagezli explained. The decision to send the 5,000 Libyans was a “historic one,” he said.
All Libyan towns and regions would be included in the programme but priority would be given to former revolutionaries with an existing diploma and those now disabled as a result of injuries sustained during the fighting, Sagezli stressed.
“This is a government step towards assimilating rebels, and it is now being implemented through this mechanism of studying abroad,” Sagezli added.
The Libyan government agreed in mid-April to send 18,000 registered revolutionaries to continue their studies abroad. The 5,000 represent the first batch.