By Sami Zaptia.
Tunis, 18 December 2015:
The Libyan conflict has affected 150,000 school children with 300 schools closed and enrolment rates down . . .[restrict]reported, Narine Aslanyan the Deputy Representative of UNICEF Libya.
Speaking at the UNDP-organized Second Libyan Experts Development Cooperation Forum held in Tunis 17-18 December, she said that enrolment rates have dropped by an average of 20 percent and as high as 50 percent in Benghazi.
Over 300 schools in Libya were either closed, affected or used by IDP’s.
However, historically, Libyan literacy rates were high – above regional levels with primary education enrolment high.
The priorities of the Libyan education system she explained were: an analyses of teaching systems; strengthening teacher training; supporting curriculum framework; developing the education management information system and developing quality education standards.
The good news is that many of the above priorities were either already achieved or are undergoing or are awaiting implementation, she explained.
The challenges in the Libyan education system are financial, political, security, working remotely from Tunis, the high turnover of Libyan decision-making and the lack of Libyan data for informed decision-making.