Yesterday at the school we had the ambulance and paramedics come and give a presentation to the children. It turned out good but I just have some concerns about things in Kuwait. As a foreigner looking at Kuwait I don't see any solidarity amongst themselves. There is a huge separation between the Bedoo and Haather Kuwaitis. Are the children victims of their circumstances? Do they have control of their futures?
It seems that children follow in their father's footsteps. If the father is military they will most likely become part of the military, same goes for police officers. The lucky ones who come from families who have gone to college will likely attend college. All of these questions came when the paramedics arrived. I was expecting Kuwaiti paramedics to explain to the kids their role. An Egyptian and Philipino guy arrived. Not to say that they aren't any good but the kids would never see themselves wanting to become a paramedic if they don't see other Kuwaitis doing the same.
I have thought about introducing Career week to encourage kids to become anything they want to be. They have to feel good and be better than their parents but it starts at home as well as in school. Parents should encourage kids to go to school and on to college. Considering Kuwait provides the kids with college assistance they should all be encouraged to go. If they finish high school or not they can still get a job because of their nationality so they feel they have no reason to even go to school.
I worked in a Kuwaiti company and there was Kuwaiti girl who didn't even finish grade school. She worked as an assistant but she could barely read and write and sat all day putting on make-up and talking on the phone. Boys know they can always go into the military or work as a police officer if they finish high school so why bother going to college? The kids who go to government school are hardly given a chance to succeed in life. Why doesn't the Ministry focus on education? Why not make high school graduation mandatory in order to find a job and if kids have a problem and drop out give them the chance to go back and finish their diploma even if they are older.
In the states we have a diploma and a G.E.D. A diploma is received when graduating from high school and a G.E.D (General Education Diploma) is given when they finish outside of high school. Some people go back in their 20's or older and receive a G.E.D. which means education is always there no matter what age you are.
I guess I've never thought about these issues until I started working at a school. The kids are Kuwaiti except 2 of them and when I look at their faces I see so much potential. It is so hard to recruit decent teachers now that the Ministry has become so freakin' strict. A few years ago American teachers could teach with their certificates or high school diploma. Today we can only hire expat teachers with a degree in English. Do they not realize in America teachers have a degree in education not English. A degree in English is geared toward writing and literature not teaching. We speak English already so we focus on education certificates.
The children are the ones who suffer. In order to fill the gap we resort to hiring non Western teachers and then we receive complaints from parents saying we don't have enough Americans. The only teachers the kids seem to respect are Western teachers. Teachers of Arab nationality are not taken seriously and it's a shame. I have to constantly go to the classes and make sure they are not killing each other, it's a tiring job but I know I can make a difference in their lives even if it's only for a few months a year. I really wish education in this country was a priority and not a place to go for a few hours a day.
In government schools hire Westerners for English. Invest in the future of the country. Bring in firefighters, paramedics, doctors, lawyers and career oriented people to show children they too can achieve their goals if they put their minds to it. Change the image of Kuwaitis. I think it's sad companies are forced to hire Kuwaitis instead of hiring them because they qualify. Think of all the jobs out their for Kuwaiti people if they were all educated. Kuwait wouldn't have to rely on third country nationals to run the country.
I went to Oman a few years ago. I entered the hotel and I saw Omani guys taking my reservation. I was so surprised. During the day there were Omani women at the reservation desk. When it was time for me to leave the guy who took my bags down was Omani. I was really impressed. I already knew about Omaninisation in which the citizens ran their country instead of foreigners. In Bahrain they do all kinds of jobs in order to give their citizens money. In America my first job as a teenager was at Burger King. I worked in the malls and Little Caesars it's not a shame to work in those types of places. It's unfortunate that people here believe they are too good for certain types of jobs. Everyone wants a Ministry job so they can leave at 12. Notice the time changes at the banks. No more split shifts. Hmmm I wonder why?
It's not a shame to work hard and provide for your family no matter what kind of job it is.