Children in post conflict Libya have access to safer places to play
UNICEF supports a new child friendly space in Tripoli for children to play peacefully. Libya-2014 © Iason Athanasiadis/UNSMIL
TRIPOLI, 27 February 2014 – The first of 13 new playgrounds designed to offer safe places where children can play, has opened in Tripoli.
The project, developed by the Ministry of Local Governance and UNICEF, is designed to provide youngsters aged 3 to 11, in the post conflict period, with access to child friendly spaces. An additional 12 playgrounds, which are being provided by UNICEF, will be installed in main towns and cities across the country.
“All children, regardless of their background desire the same thing – a place to congregate and play, said Maria Calivis, UNICEF’s Regional Director for Middle East and North Africa.
With the installation of the playgrounds, it is expected that peer interactions during play will help children’s motor, social and emotional development and encourage peaceful interactions between children.
“The ultimate aim of UNICEF’s support to Libya is to assist the government and civil society build a peaceful, inclusive society where all children, youth and adolescents have access to equal opportunities and in which their rights are understood, and upheld”, said Calivis.