Arab Today, arab today children return to school in libyas wartorn benghazi
Last Updated : GMT 22:28:13
Arab Today, arab today
Arab Today, arab today

For the first time in 2015

Children return to school in Libya's war-torn Benghazi

Arab Today, arab today

Arab Today, arab today Children return to school in Libya's war-torn Benghazi

Libyan students play in the courtyard of the al-Bashayer school
Benghazi - Arab Today

Schools in the war-torn Libyan city of Benghazi reopened Sunday for the first time in a year and a half, although international peace efforts have yet to quell the fighting there.

"I'm so happy to be back at school," a 13-year-old girl said before going into class at Beshayer school.

Its classrooms stand just 500 metres (yards) away from the scene of some of the fiercest clashes between government forces and armed groups including jihadists over the past 18 months.

"Everything's quite normal," the girl said, a wisp of hair showing beneath a flowery yellow headscarf. "I'm not scared."
In jeans and sweatshirts, young pupils improvised a football game in the schoolyard. Outside, parents dropped off their children, relieved that their education was back on track.

Abdelaziz al-Dinali waved his two children goodbye from his parked car as they resumed classes, two months later than pupils in the rest of the country.

"God willing, with the return to school, security will also return to Benghazi," he said.

Schools in Libya's second city closed in mid-2014, with the country in chaos ever since the 2011 overthrow of dictator Moamer Kadhafi.

Islamist-backed militias seized the capital that summer, prompting the internationally recognised government to flee to the far east of the country.

As a temporary solution, the local education board instructed children in Benghazi, 1,000 kilometres (620 miles) east of Tripoli, to study the national curriculum at home.

Parents picked up schoolbooks from government offices and children only went to school for exams.

- Teaching in shifts -


Home-schooling took place as fighting raged across the city, killing hundreds and displacing tens of thousands.  
Around 2,000 people died in Benghazi between the beginning of 2014 and last month -- the highest for any Libyan city in that period, independent website Libya Body Count says.

Some 100,000 people fled their homes in the city, according to the United Nations, emptying entire neighbourhoods.

Only about a third of the city's 254 schools reopened this weekend.

As thousands were made homeless, 64 schools became shelters for the displaced, a spokesman for the local education board said.

"Thirty-one schools have been used as alternatives to Benghazi's universities" in areas of fighting, Ahmad al-Qibaili said.

The education ministry now faces the challenge of accommodating up to 150,000 pupils in the 77 schools it has reopened.
Ideas have been mooted to teach in morning and afternoon shifts or in two three-day blocs during the week, according to an official source.

No extra security measures were taken outside Beshayer school on Sunday, but parents had to pass through the city's many checkpoints before dropping off their children.

New schoolbooks and uniforms had still not arrived.

As the international community steps up pressure on rival factions to agree on a national unity government to end Libya's conflict, Benghazi's children are making a fresh start.

"All those who didn't show up should come!" 11-year-old Mohammed Abdelaziz said.
Source: AFP

arabstoday
arabstoday

Name *

E-mail *

Comment Title*

Comment *

: Characters Left

Mandatory *

Terms of use

Publishing Terms: Not to offend the author, or to persons or sanctities or attacking religions or divine self. And stay away from sectarian and racial incitement and insults.

I agree with the Terms of Use

Security Code*

Arab Today, arab today children return to school in libyas wartorn benghazi Arab Today, arab today children return to school in libyas wartorn benghazi

 



Name *

E-mail *

Comment Title*

Comment *

: Characters Left

Mandatory *

Terms of use

Publishing Terms: Not to offend the author, or to persons or sanctities or attacking religions or divine self. And stay away from sectarian and racial incitement and insults.

I agree with the Terms of Use

Security Code*

Arab Today, arab today children return to school in libyas wartorn benghazi Arab Today, arab today children return to school in libyas wartorn benghazi

 



Arab Today, arab today
Arab Today, arab today Designer Aql Faqih aspires to innovation

GMT 18:41 2017 Friday ,20 October

Designer Aql Faqih aspires to innovation
Arab Today, arab today What's the reason and what you can do

GMT 05:44 2017 Sunday ,22 October

What's the reason and what you can do
Arab Today, arab today Etiquette expert underlines importance of gifts

GMT 17:52 2017 Sunday ,03 September

Etiquette expert underlines importance of gifts
Arab Today, arab today Syrian children die of hunger

GMT 19:25 2017 Sunday ,22 October

Syrian children die of hunger
Arab Today, arab today Hiring not part of Alibaba pledge

GMT 11:26 2017 Wednesday ,18 October

Hiring not part of Alibaba pledge
Arab Today, arab today
Arab Today, arab today
Arab Today, arab today World's deepest lake in peril

GMT 15:54 2017 Friday ,20 October

World's deepest lake in peril
Arab Today, arab today Ex-French minister Dati wants tough action

GMT 10:54 2017 Thursday ,19 October

Ex-French minister Dati wants tough action
Arab Today, arab today Delhi braces for pollution 'airpocalypse'

GMT 16:07 2017 Friday ,20 October

Delhi braces for pollution 'airpocalypse'
Arab Today, arab today The history of solar eclipses

GMT 05:16 2017 Sunday ,20 August

The history of solar eclipses
Arab Today, arab today EU raids automaker BMW

GMT 11:06 2017 Saturday ,21 October

EU raids automaker BMW
Arab Today, arab today Sweden to get biggest car factory

GMT 14:10 2017 Friday ,20 October

Sweden to get biggest car factory
Arab Today, arab today Actress Mona Zaki praises husband’s role

GMT 08:15 2017 Thursday ,19 October

Actress Mona Zaki praises husband’s role
Arab Today, arab today Massacre fears spark race

GMT 19:09 2017 Thursday ,19 October

Massacre fears spark race

GMT 08:57 2017 Wednesday ,18 October

Actress Shery Adel happy for Egypt’s qualification

GMT 18:15 2017 Monday ,16 October

British actress becomes fifth woman

GMT 16:53 2017 Tuesday ,05 September

Youssra depended on colored foam

GMT 16:00 2017 Wednesday ,18 October

Climate-disrupting volcanoes helped topple

GMT 10:46 2017 Saturday ,05 August

Nanis reveals simple ideas for home renovation

GMT 10:18 2017 Saturday ,21 October

How to do open-heart surgery

GMT 13:44 2017 Friday ,20 October

Barcelona through George Orwell’s eyes

GMT 17:12 2017 Monday ,07 August

Al-Shawaifi reveals secrets of total solar eclipse

GMT 20:46 2017 Thursday ,19 October

Qualcomm files lawsuits in China to ban iPhones

GMT 16:53 2017 Saturday ,02 September

Mai importance of gifts during Eid Al-Adha
Arab Today, arab today
Arab Today, arab today
 
 Arab Today Facebook,arab today facebook  Arab Today Twitter,arab today twitter Arab Today Rss,arab today rss  Arab Today Youtube,arab today youtube  Arab Today Youtube,arab today youtube
arabstoday arabstoday arabstoday arabstoday
arabstoday arabstoday arabstoday
arabstoday
بناية النخيل - رأس النبع _ خلف السفارة الفرنسية _بيروت - لبنان
arabstoday, Arabstoday, Arabstoday