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TWELFTH ANNUAL REPORT.
without payment, these being orphans or the children of destitute parents.*
The boys, with the exception of three, are Sephardim. They look respectable and intelligent. The dormitories are lofty, and scrupulously clean. Every attention is paid to the comfort of the children, and four men are kept on the establishment, who in turn perambulate the dormitories all night. M. Zaki Cohen has named the School bM-iBT mHS.n, and not inaptly so, as the establishment is an honour to the native Jewish Community. Although self-supporting, a little assistance from private sources is much needed. The best means of affording assistance would bo to pay for the education of a few additional destitute children, at the rate of £18 per annum ior each pupil. The gift of a portable gymnasium and a few good wall maps would be much appreciated.
I should here state, in justice to M. Zaki Cohen, that my visit was totally unexpected by him. I only landed at Beyrouth that morning, and immediately I heard of the School, I started off to see it.
I also visited the local Boys' and Girls' School of the Alliance Israelite. It was founded in 1878, under the direction of M. Leon, and is now conducted by M. Antoine Cheha'ibar. There are now 60 boys and 57 girls on the roll, all of whom are day scholars; of these 37 boys and 30 girls receive a free education. The paying pupils are divided into three categories, viz., those that pay sixty, forty, and thirty francs per annum respectively. Pupils are received at ages varying from 9 to 12, and leave at 14 or 15.
There are four classes in the Boys' School; in the first class elementary French and Arabic are taught, and Hebrew (reading and translation) : in the second class, Hebrew (reading and translation); Arabic (reading, poetry, and explanation), French (elementary grammar and translation) : in the third class, Arabic (elementary grammar); Hebrew (Bible and explanation) ; French (grammar, elementary geography, and sacred history) : in the fourth class, Hebrew (Talmud) ; Arabic (grammar and arithmetic) ; French (grammar, sacred history, geography, natural history, and elementary physics) : in the second section of the fourth class, the higher branches of Arabic and French grammar, French literature and composition, natural
* Captain Golclsmid states that 17 teachers are engaged in teaching the following subjects : —Hebrew (grammar, writing, translation of the Bible, Talmud) ; Arabic (reading, writing, grammar) ; Arithmetic ; French (these subjects are learnt by all the pupils) ; English and Turkish (learnt by 20 pupils) ; and German (learnt by 2 pupils).
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