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In meeting with UN team, Libyan Students Union call for updated education system
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In meeting with UN team, Libyan Students Union call for updated education system

Human Rights Team of the UN Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) met members of the General Union of Libyan Students and heard their calls for an updated education system that meets students’ needs, according to UNSMIL.

Students are struggling to complete their studies due to a lack of equipment, teacher strikes, outdated curricula, and electricity cuts, the Mission quoted representatives from the General Union of Libyan Students.

“In the last two years there has not been one semester in which my dental studies at the University of Misrata haven’t been stopped due to issues like strikes or electricity,” said Musab Gusaibat, the President of the General Union of Libyan Students.

The government isn’t discussing these issues and doesn’t have the will to improve the situation he explained, adding: “Student’s should be at the centre of the education system, and this is never the case in Libya.”

Mohammed Al-Mutarridi, project manager for the Union added that despite it being active for over 50 years, the international community has previously failed to engage with them directly.  “We need better coordination which focuses on the actual needs of students,” the University of Misrata IT student added, “we know the challenges and the local needs of students across Libya.”

Lack of electricity, missing books, an outdated curriculum, poorly paid teachers striking for salary increases and poorly maintained buildings are all having a daily impact on the students in Libya, the Union members said.

We need an education system that develops students to have the right skills for business, not one where the outdated curriculum means that even those who have access to education and complete their studies do not come out with the right skills, they said, calling for better coordination between ministries of education, planning, and economy.

“We are learning a curriculum from 1980 in buildings which sometimes don’t have bathrooms,” explained Musab, “we need a government committee to work with us to update the curriculum to meet market needs.”