Persistent identifier:
MS137_AJ95_150_7
image: of 161
APPENDIX B.-REPORT ON JEWISH SCHOOLS IN PALESTINE. 43
history, physics, and universal history. Dictation is given in the foregoing languages, but Hebrew grammar is neglected.
In the Girls' department the same subjects are taught, but the girls, being on the whole more advanced than the boys, learn English in addition. They sang to me an English song, " When the swallows homeward fly," very creditably, and with a very fair pronunciation. They all learn plain and fancy needlework. Their Hebrew studies consist of reading and translation.
In the Boys' School five teachers are employed. One of them instructs the girls in caligraphy. Three governesses aro engaged in the Girls' School.
There are five class-rooms, three for the boys and two for the girls, and each section has a separate playground.
The standard of education at Beyrouth in the general community being far higher than in any other part of Syria, it is of the highest importance that the Jews should keep at least abreast with their fellow-citizens of other creeds. For this reason alone this School should be well supported, and considering the educational advantages which can be obtained in Beyrouth, I would here suggest that in connection with this establishment a higher department should be formed to serve as a normal School for the training of male and female teachers, who might then be employed at different Schools in Palestine. M. Emile Franck, one of the leading merchants of Beyrouth, a gentleman of high culture, gives a great deal of his time towards furthering the interests and efficiency of this establishment.
On April the 80th I visited the School at Damascus, founded by the late M. Albert Cohn, and which is subventioned both by the Alliance Israelite and the Anglo-Jewish Association. As the head master, M. Fresco, was sending a report direct to the Anglo-Jewish Association, I restrict myself to giving merely an outline of what I personally witnessed. On the date of my visit there were 114 boys on the roll, 74 of them paying from 20 to 120 francs per annum, the remainder receiving a free education. There were two French professors, one of them being a native of France. Arabic was taught by two professors, and a third gave instruction in caligraphy, Turkish was taught by one teacher, and Hebrew by three. Hebrew grammar was not taught.
The boys were on the whole fine and intelligent looking, some of them were very handsome and of manly independent bearing, their figures being set off by the becoming oriental costume. I was present at an examination in ancient Egyptian
Facebook Twitter Stumbleupon Delicious Digg RSS