School in Poděbrady renamed after late Czech president Václav Havel

A month after the death of former Czech president Václav Havel, an elementary school in the Central Bohemian town of Poděbrady has been renamed after the late president. In a public ceremony, the school’s new name was unveiled on Wednesday. Václav Havel had studied in Poděbrady and lived nearby the school that now carries his name. It is the first school in the country to be named after Mr. Havel, who died on December 18, 2011 at the age of 75.

According to a Czech member of the European Parliament, it is also likely that one of the parliament’s buildings will be named after Mr. Havel. A petition to rename Prague’s international Ruzyně airport after the late president has received over 80,000 signatures to date.

Author: Sarah Borufka