King’s Academy, November 8, 2015 — Approximately US $1.4 million was raised for the financial aid program at King’s Academy last Saturday at a special gala dinner hosted by King’s Academy Chairman of the Board HE Bassem Al-Salem and his wife, Rudy, at their home.
Some 160 friends of King’s Academy – many of whom travelled from across the globe – attended the event, while many other generous people contributed to the evening but were unable to attend.
“We at King’s Academy are grateful for the support of all you donors,” Al-Salem said. “The mix of passion and hard work would have remained ineffective if it were not for your commitment and generosity.”
Guest of honor HRH Prince Talal bin Muhammad delivered an inspiring speech on education in Jordan, and the emotional and social development of the country’s children.
“In Arabic we describe ‘education’ with two words – al-tarbiyah w al-ta’leem (applied ethics and academic instruction) – because character without knowledge is weak, and knowledge without character is dangerous,” he said. “The two values that we (Arabs) honor and prize the most, the greatest virtues, are courage and generosity.”
Headmaster John Austin also offered a warm welcome to guests, who enjoyed a buffet dinner and performance by Lebanese opera singer Pavo Sbannout.
King’s Academy is committed to enrolling a talented and diverse student body regardless of socio-economic background, and offers need-based grants to families who cannot afford tuition. Over 40 percent of the student body currently receives some form of financial aid.