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Project of a "building school" in Taybeh
Going all over Palestinian towns and villages, we can see everywhere the marks of stone cutters. On houses, religious building, since a thousand year, those craftsmen's work has left its mark on the big era of the Middle East architecture.
This very rich heritage which is the expression of the country identity is waiting for some skilled workers.
Taybeh is a small town of the West Bank perched on an olive tree lined hill, dominating the Judaea desert. It is situated thirty kilometers North-East of Jerusalem.
The site of El khader where excavations are now being carried out has a strong archeological interest.
This place of worship is full of memory. The people who live there are very proud of it. This is also a wonderful teaching aid for the acquisition of usefull jobs for the restoration of the heritage.
The project of a school building in the site of El Khader is an answer to a suggestion made by Jean- baptiste Humbert from the biblical and archeological school of Jerusalem and it was then confirmed by Michèle Piccirilo from the studium biblicum franscicanum.Those two institutions told us about their real need of labour to work with them on the two sites.
Furthermore, the department of the Palestinian antiquities makes an inventory of the archeological heritage, excavate, and restore buildings for which it is a matter of urgency to save.
Therefore in the next years, Palestine will need a skilled labour for the restoration of archeological sites and old buildings.
First thing, stone is widely used for building. It is mainly used for products of second work and also for facing.
The stone cut requires technical knowledges, artistical feeling, manual deftness, and so the stone cutters need an adapted and qualified training.
This is the aim of the building school on the archeological site of El Khader. It could be influential all over Palestine and beyond, in the other countries of the Middle East.
II- A request of the village
In 1997, the mayor of Taybeh Fuad Tayé, Yussef Rizeq, Latin Parish priest, Jack Abed, Melkite Parish priest, and Jean Loup Hanquart, stone cutter, started to think about creating a building school and they came to the following points:
- The wish of developing the site of El Khader
In 2000, the work study started by a program of archeological excavation.
Today, the new town council, represented by Daoud Khoury, in agreement with the current clergy, follows the same actions and asks us to help them for the project of a building school for a large scale restoration of the archeological site of El Khader.
III- The concept of a "building school"
Managerial staff :
The town council of Taybeh will be in charge of the building.
Original teaching skills for a vocational training leadind to a qualification.
A building school allows to join together the theorical education (art history, technology, technical drawings, meter reading, cut, ornamentation) to the reality of a building site.
The aim is to train 10 to 15 students each year in a yearly period of 1859 hours.The school building on the site of El Khader allows the acquisition of all the necessary technics to the full training of a stone cutter.
IV- The Preparation of the building
Such a building requires some particular substructure.
V- Stages of building
Common methodology for all different types of building
- Layout and notebook
VI- Short-run actions to lead
Association "atelier St Jean des 4 couronnés-Anjou" :
- Going through with El Khader projects
Town council of Taybeh
- Administrative request to the concerned ministries : Tourism and education Ministries.
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