Our Vision: Educate

"Recent events continue to underline the fragility of the Arab region. Civil war rages in Syria, refugees surge across borders and the lasting effects of the Arab Spring are uncertain. What is certain, however, is that it is essential to give attention to the welfare of the region’s young people and to economic health in order to build the foundations for lasting political stability and, in many countries, for a transition to democracy. Education is central to this effort. In particular, the ability of educational systems to help the region’s children and youth develop the competencies and skills that will serve them well for their future lives and livelihoods."

L. Steer et al.L "Arab Youth: Missing Educational Foundations for a Productive Life?", Brookings, February 2014

“No hardworking young person should be priced out of a higher education.”

 US President Barak Obama, 9. June 2014

 

Europe, North America, and increasingly, the rest of the world, have come to appreciate the importance of enabling our young people to benefit from a higher education in order to contribute to, and benefit from, the emerging global knowledge society of the 21st Century. Canada can rightly boast to have some of the best post-secondary institutions in the world, comparatively affordable tuition fees, and generous government loan programs for those who cannot afford to pay for their college or university studies.

 For many young people living in the Middle East, however, pursuing a high-quality secondary education and acquiring the skills, knowledge and experience they will so badly need in order to help develop their communities and countries economically, socially and politically, whilst also building better lives for themselves and their families is just a distant dream.

 AST’s vision is that, by "Making A Difference One Student At A Time", we will play our part in redeeming President Barak Obama’s words not just for those lucky enough to be born in Europe or North America, but also for qualified young people from the Greater Middle East, belonging to cultural minorities, displaced or refugee groups, or otherwise unable to access or afford high quality university studies in their homelands or abroad.

 In doing so, AST aims to widen our arc of caring and empathy beyond national borders, and play a small part in the emergence of a truly global society respecting and promoting the equal worth and dignity of every human being, irrespective of gender, race, religion or nationality.