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[LIBYA] At least 1.2 million Libyan pupils are set to return to school tomorrow, almost a year after they evacuated their classrooms during the country’s popular uprising against the regime of Muammar al-Qadhafi, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) reported today.
The agency said about 27 million textbooks are being printed by Libya’s education ministry and 10 million have already been distributed in anticipation of the return to school.
But a shortage of both books and desks remain, and transport to and from school is also lacking for many children. (via More than a million children set to return to school in Libya – UNICEF)

[LIBYA] At least 1.2 million Libyan pupils are set to return to school tomorrow, almost a year after they evacuated their classrooms during the country’s popular uprising against the regime of Muammar al-Qadhafi, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) reported today.

The agency said about 27 million textbooks are being printed by Libya’s education ministry and 10 million have already been distributed in anticipation of the return to school.

But a shortage of both books and desks remain, and transport to and from school is also lacking for many children. (via More than a million children set to return to school in Libya – UNICEF)

[LIBYA] Over his more than four decades of dictatorship, Qaddafi used the schools to promote his ideology to citizens.


Now, the National Transitional Council has the huge task of purging all subjects, from primary to university level, of the dictator’s influence.

Communities band together to reopen schools damaged in the Libyan conflict (by unicef)

[TRIPOLI, Libya] Boys and girls chanted slogans against Moammar Gadhafi and teachers hanged an effigy of the fugitive leader Saturday as many Libyan children started their first school year without the “brother leader” dictating the curriculum.


Euphoria filled the halls, but teachers admitted a lot needed to be done to overhaul an educational system where a main goal for nearly 42 years was to instill adoration of Gadhafi and what he touted as the greatest system of rule in the world — the “Jamahiriya,” a utopian “rule by the masses” that in reality boiled down to rule by Gadhafi.

In battered Libya town, kids get a taste of normal

Teachers at Ras Mouftah said the children’s behavior reflects what they have been through: They are rougher with each other, and new words have crept into their vocabulary — Kalashnikov, mortar, rape.

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Each classroom consists of 18 to 20 kids and is named after a child killed in the war. Children paint various forms of the rebels’ star-and-crescent flag. The girls learn to stitch small pillows as gifts to families who lost relatives in the fighting. Scrawled on a blackboard in Arabic is “Free Libya, out with Gadhafi.”

But mainly, Saffar said, the school is a way for the children to play, meet their friends and act their age.

"Our goal was to allow the children to express their emotions about what they have just gone through," said Saffar. "They are allowed to run free in the playground, sing, play, draw — whatever helps them to forget."

unicef:

In the besieged city of Misrata, children bear the brunt of the ongoing Libyan conflict (by unicef)