Learning to CARE
Education, Volunteering, and Community Service
by Dr. Patricia Mihaly Nabti
Association for Volunteer Services

Reviews
v Dr. Munir Bashshur, Professor of Education, American University of Beirut
v Rita Mufarrij Merhej, Clinical Psychologist, Director of Idad School for Mentally Disabled Children
    (Friends of the Disabled Association)
v Susan J. Ellis, President, Energize, Inc.
v Randa Khalaf Sanyoura, Teacher

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I must congratulate Patricia Nabti “from the depths of my heart” as we say in Arabic, for choosing such a meaningful and powerful title for her book. One of the most touted publications in the field of Education in the last decade or so was Jacques Delors UNESCO’s Commission Report, Learning: The Treasure Within, published in 1996, in which the Commission came up with the four learnings: Learning to Know, Learning to Do, Learning to Live Together, and Learning to Be. These have become a mantra repeated in almost any conference or public convention on education. I always felt that these four left out the most important, which is Learning to Care. I had the chance to discuss my reservations about these four at different occasions, and the most sensible reply was that Learning to Care is included in Learning to Live Together, but I always felt that this does not answer the question. Learning to Care is more pro-active, more engaged, and more compassionate, and now Dr. Nabti comes up with Learning to CARE as the title and focus of her book. Congratulations. I think she has claim on this title more than anyone else because she has, over so many years, demonstrated what to care really means in practice. I thank her for this major contribution.

Dr. Munir Bashshur
Professor of Education
American University of Beirut

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In this carefully designed and comprehensive “manual” on volunteerism, Dr. Nabti  draws the transition from the physical act of serving to the emotional and social  act of  caring. Moreover, she has succeeded in showing that  helping and caring are as important milestones in the development of a human being as are learning to walk, or acquiring speech, or completing a high school degree… Indeed, as one reads through the pages of this very rich resource book, one comes to realize that there is an inherent need in each one of us to reach out to others, to try and make the world a better, cleaner, and more beautiful place… In Learning to CARE, one learns how to cultivate this need so that it becomes an ability, and how this ability is later refined into a concrete achievement… Self-actualization through the modest and gentle act of  serving others, that’s what volunteerism is all about. And that is the message Dr. Nabti very successfully conveys, thus making this book an invaluable tool for all those who believe that they can make a difference…as well as those who do not know they can.

Rita Mufarrij Merhej
Clinical Psychologist
Director of Idad School for Mentally Disabled Children
(Friends of the Disabled Association)

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Learning to CARE: Education, Volunteering, and Community Service is an important contribution to the emerging volunteer community in Lebanon and the Middle East and a wonderful guide to school-based service for anyone, anywhere.  With conviction and vision, Patricia Nabti takes the reader through a discussion of the fundamental principles underlying youth service—why it is
  §          important to young people,
  §          legitimate as a teaching tool, and
  §          vital to civil society. 
Then she introduces six separate models of service, discussing their differences and how to choose which is most relevant to a school’s educational goals.

Nabti accomplishes the challenge of balancing a comprehensive presentation of important theories and issues with clear and concise best practice guidelines. The book is also filled with lively quotations, real-life case studies, short essays by specialists, sample documents, and an appendix of resources, both printed and on the Web.

Though aimed at the various stakeholders involved with school-related service, Learning to CARE will be equally useful to anyone who is concerned about youth or interested in encouraging youth service. Those new to the concepts and those seeking to expand existing service-learning and community volunteering projects will both find valuable assistance and a treasure trove of ideas in these pages. 
 
Susan J. Ellis,
President, Energize, Inc.

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Learning to CARE appeals to me, first as a Lebanese and second as teacher.  It gives me hope that there is a way to make Capable, Available, Reliable, and Engaged Lebanese citizens; citizens who think beyond the self and work for the greater good of the community.  The best way to make responsible citizens is to start at the base, and what better place than schools? The effectiveness of the book, in my opinion, is that in and of itself it is a complete guide to teaching community service in schools.  You need nothing else but the book and the will to succeed.  It is applicable widely because it caters to every school’s needs.  I find it easy to understand and easier yet to apply. It is full of hints and techniques to follow in order to make community service a joy and pride for every individual and school perseverant enough to follow through.  Finally, I love the “quotable quotes” that are found throughout the book.  In short, it is a great read that makes the reader eager to apply the techniques of community service in his/her own school.

Randa Khalaf Sanyoura
Teacher

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