Selim Bassoul: To Jamhour school that I hated so much, but, deep down I love so much, I offer a 1M dollars.

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“This school, which I never liked, which I really hated, and which has welcomed me for 13 years, honors me today. What a paradox! I never liked Jamhour because I was a turbulent, dyslexic, deficient, hyperactive, mediocre, not to say catastrophic, student. Coming from a modest family, surrounded by studious and rich classmates, I suffered a lot in this school. Socially maladapted to the needs and demands of the school, I accumulated failures, referrals and disappointments. But despite this dark picture, there are people here who believed in me.”

Until my arrival in ‘Terminale’, I was the only one in Jamhour to have failed the ‘bac’ (Lebanese official exam)! I broke the record. The war had just begun and, having no access to financial aid and no official diploma, my destiny seemed doomed. However, this student who had failed in every respect had completely changed the equation. I managed to turn a complete failure into outstanding professional success. Basically, there wasn’t a student worse off than I was: if I made it, you can make it. Think out of the box, be creative, be contrarian, be bold, take risks, fail and stand up, fail again and stand up again,” he said.

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Addressing the President of the Republic of Lebanon, Michel Aoun, who was also in attendance, he said, “Dear President, you are for us the human values we hold dear. You endured a lot in your life: after an exile of fifteen years, you returned to the country to continue your fight in the service of a sovereign and free Lebanon.”

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Then, to the amazement of the attendees, staff and students, he concluded his speech by saying, “To this school that I hated so much, but, deep down I love so much, I offer a million dollars. This donation, which will be added to the College’s Endowment Fund, will help many students and parents in need in the years to come. In addition, I share your forward-thinking vision of founding an Academy of Robotics and Artificial Intelligence at the school. I am fully at your disposal my expertise and my relationships in this field. You can continue to count on me to implement this pilot project, the first in Lebanon, serving the youth of our country.”

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    “This school, which I never liked, which I really hated, and which has welcomed me for 13 years, honors me today. What a paradox! I never liked Jamhour because I was a turbulent, dyslexic, deficient, hyperactive, mediocre, not to say catastrophic, student. Coming from a modest family, surrounded by studious and rich classmates, I suffered a lot in this school. Socially maladapted to the needs and demands of the school, I accumulated failures, referrals and disappointments. But despite this dark picture, there are people here who believed in me.”

    Until my arrival in ‘Terminale’, I was the only one in Jamhour to have failed the ‘bac’ (Lebanese official exam)! I broke the record. The war had just begun and, having no access to financial aid and no official diploma, my destiny seemed doomed. However, this student who had failed in every respect had completely changed the equation. I managed to turn a complete failure into outstanding professional success. Basically, there wasn’t a student worse off than I was: if I made it, you can make it. Think out of the box, be creative, be contrarian, be bold, take risks, fail and stand up, fail again and stand up again,” he said.

    [...]

    Addressing the President of the Republic of Lebanon, Michel Aoun, who was also in attendance, he said, “Dear President, you are for us the human values we hold dear. You endured a lot in your life: after an exile of fifteen years, you returned to the country to continue your fight in the service of a sovereign and free Lebanon.”

    [...]

    Then, to the amazement of the attendees, staff and students, he concluded his speech by saying, “To this school that I hated so much, but, deep down I love so much, I offer a million dollars. This donation, which will be added to the College’s Endowment Fund, will help many students and parents in need in the years to come. In addition, I share your forward-thinking vision of founding an Academy of Robotics and Artificial Intelligence at the school. I am fully at your disposal my expertise and my relationships in this field. You can continue to count on me to implement this pilot project, the first in Lebanon, serving the youth of our country.”

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    Full article: Educating the Middle East – one man’s success story inspires millions

    Glad he is donating this for students that need financial aid and not directly to yhe jesuites! Some need it desperatly and i know how hard this can be on a kid or a teen when they know they can be kicked out of school when their parents cant pay their tuition!

    free education for all!!!
     
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