The maintenance of schools in Sirte, despite their small number, is the primary obstacle facing the education system in the city.
Members of the Sirte branch of the Red Crescent worked in cooperation with the Scouts group in the city to distribute textbooks to schools that have been deprived of education materials in recent times. The books that have been delivered are catered for all students from the first until the ninth grade of school.
A number of school heads confirmed that there is still a slight shortage in the number of school textbooks. They hope that the charity efforts will continue as the schools are heavily reliant on aid at this moment in time when political instability and an inactive economy are still rampant in Libya.
Sirte has been at the centre of political instability since the outset of the civil conflict in Libya. It was initially made the capital of Ghaddafi’s new republic in 2011, after which it was captured by anti-Ghaddafi rebels, which eventually led to the former leader’s death. The political vacuum then gave ISIS an opportunity to take over the city, which was then taken by forces representing the Tripoli-based Government of National Accord (GNA). Sirte is currently still under the governance of the GNA.
Despite the political chaos throughout the country, which is currently divided along political lines due to the failure of upholding national elections, Sirte has been enjoying relative calm since the ousting of ISIS. Although the local economy is very weak and reliant on aid, reconstruction and rehabilitation projects have been ongoing.
The Libyan Red Crescent has been active in the rehabilitation of schools before this project. Volunteers from the Libyan Red Crescent launched a cleaning campaign recently to clear war remnants from schools in the city of Sirte. Despite the academic year beginning last month, many schools in Sirte have not been able to reopen because of destruction and a lack of support.