Since 1873, Brummana High School has been educating young people in the hills above Beirut. Now over 1200 students are taught here, within the Quaker ethos, which is seen as embracing everyone in the school. For students the open and welcoming community is unique, and they are very proud of the freedom it gives them to develop; removed from sectarian fear.
A student helped. Youssef is a talented student and an outstanding sportsman. His parents divorced, driven to despair by the burdens of raising another child with a severe handicapp in a country with few facilities for supporting such cases. Ultimately they were unable to afford Youssefs tuition and it seemed that Youssef would be forced into leaving school. Fortunately a generous parent wrote off the debt and a charitable Trust shared the burden with the School of the remaining two years of Youssefs education, enabling him to go to university and to represent his country on the sports field.
Brummana High School has, since the nineteenth century, acted as a beacon of hope having helped to shape Lebanese education over the past 150 years. Brummanas Quaker ethos teaches collaboration, respect, tolerance and peaceful resolution. It emphasises to students our common purpose and builds unity where others have wrought division. It prepares young people to work together for a better country and more peaceful future.