The Arabic School of Athens was founded in 1978 in Neo Psichiko with the agreements between Greece and Libya due to the increasing Libyan population in Greece and it still serves as the only Arabic school in the country. The school is licensed by the Libyan government and financially supported by the Greek government. It is known as the Arabic school of Athens as it host not only Libyan teachers and students but also students from Egypt, Palestine, Syria and other Arabic countries.
The school as all Libyan schools was under Gaddafi’s authority and unlike other registered students in the school; Libyan students were studying for free. For more than four decades of Gaddafi’s dictatorship, he used the country’s schools as a mean of indoctrination of his ideology. Books like “The Green Book”, a book setting out his political philosophy, was a compulsory reading for all Libyans and it taught Libya’s history covering the period of Gaddafi’s life.
The first name of the school was ‘7th of April’ Libyan School. The name was given after Gaddafi’ revolution against the students opposing his regime, which he later on called them as the “traitors of the country”. In April 7th, 1976, students from Benghazi and Tripoli organized mass demonstration against his regime. The demonstrations were suppressed by arrests and executions of the students. After Gaddafi’s death, the school was renamed as the “17th of February Libyan School” in the honour of those that have fallen during the 17th of February revolution, which toppled Muammar Gaddafi.
Since then, the curriculum of the school has started to change and be free of Gaddafi’s extensive influence.