Latin Patriarchate School-Aboud

Historical Overview of the School

The Latin Patriarchate School in Aaboud is considered one of the oldest schools in the village. When Father Beshara Saadeh arrived in the village in 1910, he rented two rooms, one used for accommodation and the school, and the other as a small church. In 1911, with the arrival of the priest, the Rosary Sisters also came. Father Beshara managed to purchase a piece of land north of the village on the old and historic site of Mar Samaan Monastery. He built two rooms there, using one as a living room, kitchen, and a small prayer room, a "small church."

The school continued to develop, with Father Zakaria Shumli constructing two additional rooms to the previous building in 1932. The student population ranged from 176 students in the years 1950-1951. However, from 1954 to 1962, the number of students declined due to the migration of the population, the development of government schools, and the financial crisis affecting the Latin Patriarchate, which also affected the school.

In 1962, Father Youssef Naamat built an additional floor above the nuns' monastery, including six classrooms for the elementary level, bringing the school's educational level to the first year of high school. After the 1967 war, it regressed to the seventh grade and has now reached the ninth grade.

In 1975, Father Dominique Vaglielio built a multipurpose hall to serve the school and the parish, while Father Faras Aryda expanded this hall. Father Alphonse Salah (1986-1995) constructed a new school consisting of a ground floor and a mezzanine, with the mezzanine allocated for the kindergarten and the ground floor used for administration, teacher rooms, a computer room, and a kitchen.

In 2001, during Father Aziz Halaouat's tenure, two new floors were built above the two floors constructed during Father Alphonse Salah's tenure. The first floor was used for the library, computer lab, science lab, uniform and book storage, and restrooms. The second floor consists of four classrooms for the upper elementary level, an equipment room, and small art rooms.

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