Giving to ACS Beirut
Message from the Director of Development and Alumni Relations
It took homo sapiens sapiens around 190,000 years to move from being a hunter gatherer to settling down and obtaining food by growing and breeding plants – that was around 10,000 years ago when the agricultural revolution took place. Next was the industrial-medical revolution just 275 years ago. And just 50 years ago, homo sapiens developed new technologies for gaining rapid access to much more information and resources on a global scale! The information-globalization revolution is leading humanity to new frontiers at an unprecedented speed. Undoubtedly, our world today is undergoing enormous changes at a record pace! Change and innovation is the name of the game: Across all sectors of society and throughout economic systems, we are witnessing unparalleled inventions and huge leaps in innovations, be it in technology, communication, information, health, nutritional sciences, biomedical engineering, architectural design, or environmental industries.
It is also a time of inordinate and unordinary change in education: Educational options are expanding and so are expenses. Competition is intensifying, fiscal needs are escalating and tuition costs are mounting. A good school costs money. ACS costs money. At ACS we have skilled faculty, foreign-hire teachers, cutting-edge academic programs, and modernized facilities. Needless to repeat: this is costly; and tuition fees alone can not cover the cost of education at ACS. At the same time, enrollment is flat and our middle class families are struggling financially. With the drop in oil prices and the ensuing financial repercussions on many of our families, the school is now more than ever in need of your help!
Let me tell you the story of Samar, a scholarship recipient at ACS. When Samar first came to ACS she could barely speak English. The mere journey from where she lives (in a refugee camp in the suburbs) to ACS was by itself a leap into a different world! Samar was given a chance -- the chance to study at ACS. And the one who made this possible is a generous donor -- someone like you, reading this message right now. A donor who believed in the importance of education and who used her financial means to change the life of a child. “For apart from inquiry, apart from the praxis, individuals cannot be truly human. Knowledge emerges only through invention and re-invention, through the restless, impatient, continuing, hopeful inquiry human beings pursue in the world, with the world, and with each other” (Paulo Freire, Pedagogy of the Oppressed).
Education is the one single greatest leverage that moves societies forward.
By supporting Samar’s education, the donor changed Samar’s life … Samar wrote to her donor saying: “Thank you for your generosity … [this] scholarship helped me realize the meaning of life” … And she goes on to say: ”Education at ACS made me a better person.”
How awesome is that? What more would we, as parents, as alumni, as friends of ACS, what more would we want to hear, know and sense about our school? By giving we make even the remotest dream come true, we show the real face of humanity.
Today, I urge you to give. “True generosity lies in striving so that these hands […] need be extended less and less in supplication, so that more and more they become human hands which work and, working, transform the world” (Freire).
Do not hesitate! Just give! Give whatever you can! Be numerous to give and be generous in your giving! Give for your child, for your school, for the future of this country, and for hope in the world! Give for the pleasure of giving and for the blessing of giving!
Giving is at the heart of essere : being, living ... give to be, give to live, give for life …
Dr. Reine Youssef
Director of Development and Alumni Relations