Khoury Protects LAK School Building by Giving It Heritage Status
Caretaker Culture Minister Ghattas Khoury on Wednesday issued a decree adding the building of the Lycée Abdel Kader school in Beirut’s Msaitbeh area to Lebanon’s list of traditional buildings.
The decree protects the building against any demolition or restructuring plans, following a flurry of reports in recent months suggesting that the school will be turned into a shopping mall.
The decree forbids any change to the building’s status without prior permission from the directorate general of antiquities.
Lebanon’s educational sector had witnessed an uproar over reports that the Lycée Abdel Kader school would be moved to Baabda where it would allegedly replace the Collège des Pères Antonins (CPA) school.
The reports prompted the students of both schools to stage protests, backed by their families.
The Antonine Maronite Order, which runs CPA, had confirmed that there were “negotiations” with LAK’s administration.
Commenting on the reports, Progressive Socialist Party leader Walid Jumblat had recently tweeted: “Stop this criminal commercial project that is aimed at demolishing the Lycée Abdel Kader building and turning it into a mall similar to the ugly malls in Verdun and other areas.”