• The importance of Education, family ... Toufic Laba Sarkis

    Toufic Laba Sarkis Education and Family

    toufic Laba Sarkis "My father understood that education is the right and responsibility of every individual, and that an educated person has a responsibility to improve the democratic values that bind a society together strengthening the community."

  • Toufic Laba Sarkis overlooking Hasroun

    Toufic Laba Sarkis Hasroun Lebanon

    Syriac origin, "Hesron", meaning "little fort". Toufic Laba Sarkis Called “the rose of the mountain”, “the village with red hats” or “the village with 17 fountains”, Hasroun watches majestically over the Holy Valley of Qadisha, lost in the mists, between heaven and earth.

My father strongly believed in education for a better community

… Toufic laba sarkis’ father was very community minded and believed that communities need  and require educated citizens— including moral, cultural, and the aesthetic aspects of education.

He strongly believed that I should receive the best education possible, even though he himself had no formal education. We were not wealthy, and to fund my education, he sold his favourite horse … every time I think of him, tears well in my eyes, realising the great love he had for me and for my education.

His belief that education was how individuals could change themselves as well as a community and society was strongly ingrained right from the earliest days.

His sense of community covered many aspects of my upbringing and into my later life, focused on developing a sense of intellectual responsibility and the power of democratic citizenship.

My father understood that education is the right and responsibility of every individual, and that an educated person has a responsibility to improve the democratic values that bind a society together strengthening the community.

My father believed that the educated citizen should fight for the rights of every person, to ensure that he or she is provided the opportunity for an education.

He has earned the respect and for this I am grateful and forever indebted to him.

From there Toufic Laba Sarkis developed a strong conviction to help in the education of immigrant adults and immigrant children, developing practical educational programs to help them better integrate with their community