2 April 2013 The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) today announced the development of “a high-level road map” for effective teacher management in Libya as part of the agency’s continuing efforts to improve access to quality education for all children in the North African country.
The new two-year initiative, to be funded by the European Union and elaborated under the leadership of Libya’s Ministry of Education, will ultimately be implemented by UNICEF’s Teachers Development Centre with a special focus on providing better education for Libya’s most vulnerable children, including those affected by the country’s recent conflict.
“We believe that the high number of teachers available in Libya can be a driving force to increase the quality of education, but this will happen only if they are highly motivated, appropriately trained and supported,” said Carel de Rooy, UNICEF Country Director in Libya, in a press statement.
The project, which will run an estimated 3.1 million Euros, will study various aspects of the Libyan education system ranging from teachers’ qualifications and in-service teacher training to recruitment, management and deployment.
In addition, it will provide “a high-level road map for more effective teachers’ management and help coordinate a response to teacher development,” according to the UNICEF news release.
“This is the ultimate goal of the Teachers Development Centre programme,” Mr. de Rooy continued.
“Rethinking the teaching system in order to enhance teachers’ competencies, status and motivation leading ultimately to better learning in Libya’s classrooms,” he added.
8 February 2013 Secretary-General strongly condemned the assassination earlier this week of Tunisian political leader Chokri Belaid, while also encouraging the North African nation to move forward with its democratic transition.
“Tunisia’s democratic transition should not be derailed by acts of political violence,” said a statement issued last night by Mr. Ban’s spokesperson.
Mr. Belaid was the Secretary General of the Democratic Patriots Movement and one of the leaders of the Popular Front in Tunisia. He was shot Wednesday morning while leaving his home in the capital, Tunis. Sporadic protests and clashes have been reported arounThere has been important progress in Tunisia’s transition. Yet, much remains to be done in terms of the constitutional process and with regard to meeting the social and economic demands of the Tunisian people.d the country following the killing.
The Secretary-General encouraged authorities to move forward with the reform process that has been under way since the toppling of the long-standing regime of Zine El Abidine Ben Ali two years ago.
“There has been important progress in Tunisia’s transition,” the statement noted. “Yet, much remains to be done in terms of the constitutional process and with regard to meeting the social and economic demands of the Tunisian people.”
The killing was also condemned earlier this week by UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay, who called on the authorities to take serious measures to investigate the assassination and other apparently politically-motivated crimes, as well as to provide better protection to people who are political targets.
12 December 2012 Noting the desire for a national reconciliation process among Libya’s authorities and civil society, the top United Nations political envoy in the North African country today highlighted the importance of the process being carried out satisfactorily.
“Reconciliation is necessary for establishing security and launching human development in all its dimensions. It is a forward looking and long-term process. It is not just mediation, temporary fixes for conflicts, easing tensions or extinguishing some fires,” said the Secretary-General’s Special Representative and head of the UN Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL), Tarek Mitri.
“This process, if managed well without haste or partisanship, can set the broad lines of a new social contract that would be the first cornerstone of the new constitution,” he added.
The UN envoy was addressing the start of a two-day conference, entitled ‘Truth and Reconciliation in Libya: the Way Forward,’ organized by the Fact-Finding and Reconciliation Commission and the Human Rights Committee of the General National Congress (GNC), in partnership with UNSMIL and the UN Development Programme (UNDP).
The gathering has brought together Libyan officials and activists as well as experts from both Libya and abroad to discuss the relevance and challenges of truth-seeking, the role of victim groups as well as the legal and institutional framework required for truth-seeking. The conference is also looking at the role of the Commission and that of tribal leaders in reconciliation.
Libya has been undergoing a transition toward a modern democratic State, after decades of autocratic rule and toppling of the regime of Muammar al-Qadhafi. The former leader ruled the North African country for more than 40 years until a pro-democracy uprising last year – similar to the protests in other countries in the Middle East and North Africa – led to civil war and the end of his regime.
Key steps in the transition have included the elections for the GNC, and that body’s election of a President and two Vice-Presidents, in accordance with the country’s Constitutional Declaration.
UNSMIL has been assisting the country’s transition process. Incidents of renewed fighting in various parts of the country are among the security challenges facing the North African nation, which also needs to prepare a new constitution, promote rule of law, protect human rights, and counter illicit arms proliferation.
In his remarks, Mr. Mitri stressed that seeking truth and justice and moving down the path of reconciliation is not a call for amnesty for past crimes and does not morally equate between the aggressor and the victim.
“Rather, it is a call for combating revenge and collective punishment tendencies that do not ensure the accountability of individuals for their acts, but punishes them for acts of others with whom they happen to share family, tribal, local or cultural ties and affiliations,” he said.
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