UNICEF and the Department of Special Needs at Libya’s Ministry of Education has started a pilot inclusion project focusing on 40 integrated schools across east, west, and south of Libya.
The project aims to improve the inclusiveness of these schools, to develop the quality access to education and to support the implementation of the ‘La Farq’ (“No Difference”) national project for educational inclusion.
UNICEF says this comes within its commitment to promote the rights of children with disabilities and to improve learning for every child in Libya.
The programme was initially launched in July 2022 and consists of three phases.Phase one was successfully implemented targeting the rehabilitation and improving accessibility of 12 schools serving 10,150 children. Rehabilitation work is done in most of the schools, and the targeted schools were handed over to Ministry of Education in March 2023.
Phase two focuses on providing learning materials that support the inclusion of children with disability (Montessori rooms). A total of 40 schools were covered across Libya to set up and install the Montessori rooms in the mainstream schools. UNICEF and the Ministry of Education launched the installation of the first Montessori room in the Tripoli Centre municipality at Mohammed Mahmoud bin Othman School. In eastern Libya, UNICEF handed over the first school rehabilitation project for Inclusive education and Montessori room to the school administration in Ogba Bin Nafa school in Benghazi.
Phase three of the project will continue supporting the Ministry of Education and Department of Special Needs through focused inclusion sensitive capacity building to educational staff at targeted schools, planned to start in May 2023.