Tripoli, 28 February 2014:
The first of 13 new playgrounds designed to offer safe spaces where children can play was opened yesterday . . .[restrict]in Tripoli’s Abu Salim district.
The pilot project, developed by the Ministry of Local Governance and the United Nations Children’s Fund UNICEF, is designed to provide children aged from three to 11 from low-income and marginalised backgrounds access to safe play areas.
“With the installation of the playgrounds, it is expected that peer interactions during play will help children’s motor, social and emotional development,” UNICEF said in a statement. It added that the playgrounds would help encourage peaceful interactions between children.
The additional 12 playgrounds, which are being provided by UNICEF, will be installed in Libya’s main towns and cities, as well as Ajdabiya, Emsalata, Bani Walid and Obari.
“The ultimate aim of UNICEF’s support to Libya is to assist the government and civil society build a peaceful, inclusive society where all children, youth and adolescents have access to equal opportunities and in which their rights are understood, and upheld,” UNICEF said. [/restrict]