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The Cost of Sending Your Child to Private School in Lebanon

Underfunded, poorly equipped and insufficiently staffed, there exists a huge disparity in the academic performance and success rates of students at public schools in Lebanon as opposed to private institutions.


Private school in Ain Zhalta

For this reason, Lebanese parents are shelling out big bucks to send their children to private schools.

To give you an idea of how much that can cost, we’ve come up with a range of tuition fees for the 2012-2014 academic year for 30 private schools (both subsidized and unsubsidized), in order from the cheapest to the most expensive.

What we found, is that it can cost over $100,000 to send two children through four years of high school at one of Lebanon’s top schools. Click through the slideshow to find out more

Myriam Dalal

Culture Minister Gaby Layoun: Destructs Lebanese heritage

Since the 1990s, Lebanon has undergone incredible transformation as part of post-war reconstruction efforts by developers who, in the process, have shown little concern for maintaining the country’s rich cultural and architectural heritage.

But one man in particular has in the last few years become notably active in the glossing over and, in some cases, outright destruction of Beirut’s ancient and historical sites. That man is Culture Minister Gaby Layoun.

It is ironic, to say the very least, that the one man whose job it is to protect and promote Lebanon’s national heritage, has played a critical role in its demolition.

On Tuesday, the minister announced he was halting construction of the $149 million Landmark project positioned in the heart of downtown Beirut after historically-significant ruins and evidence of what could be the country’s oldest church were discovered on the site.

Whether or not Layoun follows through with this announcement remains to be seen. For now, here’s a look back at Layoun’s history of involvement in the destruction of Lebanese heritage.         Photo via Flickr.com

Updated Myriam bio: Myriam worked as the arts and culture reporter at Beirut.com from the spring of 2013 until February 2014.
She is currently a photography instructor at both Notre Dame University and the Lebanese American University, and a freelance art reporter for almodon (cities) electronic newspaper

 


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