Following the coup d’état led by Gaddafi in 1969, education in Libya became ‘practically free’1 for all students in the country, irrespective of their country, or refugee camp, of origin. Indeed, Libya, like Cuba, offered Sahrawi and Palestinian refugees – along with thousands of other citizens and refugees from Sudan, Egypt, Mauritania, Syria, Morocco, Tunisia and Yemen – the opportunity to study free of charge at primary, secondary and tertiary level institutions from the 1970s until the 2011 uprising, the year when Gaddafi was killed and over 900 Sahrawi and tens of thousands of Palestinians were displaced by the conflict.