IC is committed to empowering its learners to become global citizen leaders of tomorrow thus ensuring its students are socially responsible. They are accountable for fulfilling their civic duty, and benefit the whole of society.
At IC, Social Responsibility is integrated in the learning, school strategies and plans. It encompasses all school subjects and extends far beyond the classroom. It gives students real-world skills they can use to improve the planet and provides them with the self-sufficiency they need for tomorrow.
Through the Ali Ghandour Center's program, students are mentored through a sequenced journey, beginning with extensive volunteering with an array of grassroots organizations and culminating with students leading Community Service Projects.
The AGC offers an intensive leadership and dynamic citizenship program through a Community Engaged Learning (CEL) model. Spread over three years, starting with the 10th grade, the program mentors students through a sequenced journey, beginning with extensive volunteering with an array of grassroots organizations and culminating with students leading Community Service Projects (CSPs).
IC’s sustainability vision is to position the school as a leading territorial actor for sustainable development.
IC’s environmental sustainability mission is to:
- - Educate the school community - youth and adults - about the principles and challenges of environmental sustainability;
- - Engage in good environmental practices within and outside the school;
- - Work for an environmentally friendly infrastructure within the school.
In the frame of IC's Environmental Sustainability Program and Primary Years Program (PYP), and as part of the unit of inquiry “Sharing the Planet” which focuses on energy, IC’s grade 5 students have decided to take action and install solar powered lights in one of the streets of Verdun. After raising 52 million LBP at school, students collaborated with the Lebanon of Tomorrow NGO to install 15 photovoltaic street lights to ensure riders and passengers drive safety during the nights.
Service Learning is an integral part of educational approach where students learn theories in the classroom and at the same time volunteers with non-profit organizations and engage in reflection activities to deepen their understanding of what is being taught.
Today, during the NGO fair, Grade 11 students had the chance to meet with 13 NGOs, inquire about the nature of their work and choose the one they will be working with as part of their commitment to 15 hours of civic commitment.
The "Pedal it with Every Heartbeat" is a Bike/Walk-a-Thon event initiated by the Grade 6/6ème students, in collaboration with the Municipality of Cornet Chahwan, Ain Aar, Beit El Kikko & Hbous aiming to help, through the Heartbeat Association, underprivileged children in Lebanon with congenital heart disease.
Inspired by the idea that crafts were an important means of sustainable development for the many different communities that have grown up alongside these historic routes, and as an action towards our community, the students interviewed Lebanese up-and-coming artisans and promoted their crafts and helped them gain a larger audience.
To culminate the project, the students along with the parents and teachers, organized a bazaar in the Ain Aar Town’s Square.
Our Grade 8/4eme students worked on an interdisciplinary project entitled “Empowering Women“. The aim of this project is to give underprivileged women the chance to organise their daily routine and be more confident and independent. Our students will be creating an awareness campaign tackling several aspects that they have identified with the social worker of Saint-Vincent de Paul as necessary for that objective.
Community Service at IC has been designed to foster in our students a spirit of responsibility, creativity, citizenship, and social responsibility and for them to serve as role models in a global society. The program is important to help students develop the values of integrity, service, and respect for individual differences. It offers students the opportunity to learn about and volunteer with different institutions and non-governmental organizations working in Lebanon. Program themes include the environment, health, human rights, individuals with disabilities, disadvantaged groups (street children, orphans, delinquent juveniles, and refugees), libraries and literacy as well as awareness and support campaigns.