UNICEF - Psychosocial Support for Libyan Children Begins
Tunis, 4 February 2015 – UNICEF and Taher Azzawi Charity Organization signed an agreement to provide psychosocial support for 800 internally displaced families in Tripoli, Libya.
“UNICEF partnership with the Libyan civil society is crucial for the well being of the children in Libya,” said Mr. Ghassan Khalil, UNICEF Special Representative in Libya.
The implementations will take place in four locations where displaced families reside in camps around the capital Tripoli. Children will be received in Child Friendly Spaces established inside the camps by Taher Azzawi Charity Organization and equipped with recreational kits by UNICEF.
The agreement is an outcome of UNICEF capacity building activities with Libyan civil society organizations to provide psychosocial support for the armed conflict affected children. Three more agreements with local civil society organizations will be signed soon targeting internally displaced families in Sabratha, Surman and Beni Waleed cities in Libya.
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About UNICEF’s work on Child Rights in Libya
UNICEF’s technical support helped establish Higher Council for Children in Libya. The UNICEF-sponsored legal review of existing national child protection related laws and policies identified gaps and discrepancies of laws and policies compared to international norms and standards, and amendments were recommended.
With UNICEF technical support, the Higher Judicial Institute led the process of drafting a child rights-based Juvenile Justice Law in addition to the development of syllabuses for five standing courses on child rights and justice for children.
UNICEF supported also the development of similar syllabuses to the Police College and the Social Work School of Tripoli University, and an initial round of in-service trainings benefited over 200 judges, prosecutors, police officers and social workers.
For more information please contact:
Mostafa Omar, Communication Specialist, UNICEF Libya
+216 99 070 815