Thursday , September 20 2018

‘Neglecting an educational edifice in city is an issue that must be addressed soon’

School breeding ground for stray animals

School from outside

KUWAIT CITY, Aug 28: Some buildings are abandoned or closed, but neglecting an educational edifice in the heart of the city is an issue that must be addressed soon, reports Al-Anba daily.

Aisha Primary School for Girls is an abandoned building on the verge of collapse, so leaving it this way is considered a black spot in the history of education in the country.

This school is located in Qibla near the National Assembly and Fahd Al- Salem Street. It is one of the first schools in the country, where a number of women graduated and then took outstanding posts.

However, the Education Ministry has not paid any attention to this old and neglected school despite its strategic location in the city.

The school has become a breeding ground for stray animals and a place exploited by laborers for any bad purpose, especially since it is away from public sight. Its main door is closed while the back door is open and only those who want to use it for whatever purpose knows this.

Eminent Kuwaiti artist Shadi Al-Khaleej, who once served as music supervisor at the ministry, disclosed this old school was closed in 1970 when the ministry found there were only 70 girls in the school. He said it was then used as headquarters for music supervisors in various educational stages, and divided into workshops for carpentry and other activities, as well as for keeping musical instruments and holding training courses.

Al-Khaleej added the building also served as venue for rehearsals of the finest national operas performed at the Special Education Theater in the 1970s and 1980s until 2003 when it was closed permanently. “Fire broke out in the building in 2007 for unknown reasons.

Former Education Minister Dr Nayef Al-Hajraf agreed to hand over the building to the National Council for Culture, Arts and Letters (NCCAL) to renovate it as an archaeological place. The council takes care of archaeological sites. We hope it will speed up the maintenance and renovation works, because this is an important building which has a great place in the history of education in the country,” he concluded.

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