In the bazaar
The bazaars are actually nothing special in the Arab world. Almost every small or large city has something like a public market to offer. There are a number of such bazaars in Tehran, where all sorts of things can be bought. In addition, there are now also large shopping centers like ours, which do not differ that much.
Are you allowed to act?
And is it allowed to act? In the bazaar you can or must trade. Not so in the shopping center, here the prices are fixed and bargaining is not allowed at all. More and more fast food chains are also shaping the cityscape. A development that is not without consequences, because some Iranians are also gaining weight. This is not due to the typical Arab, but to the Western diet. Unfortunately, this is a development that can be observed in almost all countries in the world.
Street children and child labor in Iran
Many children live on the streets in Iran. We do not know the exact numbers, you have to rely on estimates. They sleep in abandoned buildings or in broken vehicles. Often they have to look after not only themselves but also their families.
It is also estimated that 14 out of 100 Iranian children have to work, often in conditions that threaten their health. They work as street vendors, wash cars and are often forced to work and have no rights here.
Do all children go to school in Iran?
In Iran there is compulsory schooling up to eleven years. The children first go to primary school for five years and then to secondary school. Then you can graduate and finish lower secondary education. This is something like our middle school leaving certificate. Afterwards there is still the opportunity to attend high school or learn a trade right away. It is also possible to attend so-called technical high schools.
But what about the school now? Do all children go to school and do the girls go to school as often as the boys?
Girls drop out more often than boys
Girls and boys are taught separately in Iran. And girls drop out of school more often than boys. Women in Iran are still not equal but are viewed as inferior. When parents then have to make the decision whether their daughters or sons go to school, the decision is usually made with the sons in mind. Even so, more young women attend universities than men.
But education is important to many people in Iran
But education is really important to the people in Iran. Many parents want their children to have a good education. But it is not that easy to get accepted into a university. To do this, you need good grades. Many children are very hardworking. And in the country, education is still lagging behind. Here the children have to help out with the farming often enough so that the families can survive. The school is actually free, but school books do cost something and not everyone can afford it. Many families live in poverty, and so do their children.
Iran: land of contrasts
In Iran, a country located in Middle East according to transporthint, life in the city and in the country are very different. 71 out of 100 Iranians now live in cities and the number is increasing. Most of the people live in the capital Tehran as well as in Isfahan and Mashhad. Those who live in the country mostly live from agriculture. While a large proportion of the people in the cities can read and write and also enjoy a good education, the numbers in rural areas are much lower.
The richer people, the so-called upper middle and upper classes, live in the north of Tehran. Many ideas and ideas from the West have prevailed here. The number of young people living there is high and they want to live freely and independently. Many Iranians are also very young, they are demanding more and more education and the freedom I have already mentioned. 70 out of 100 Iranians are younger than 35 years. But every fourth young person between the ages of 15 and 24 has no job, that is a quarter of young people.
Life looks a lot different in the country. Far more children are born here than in the city and many people live in poverty. But there is also poverty in the city and if some of the people are educated, there are others who work as street vendors. Incidentally, this also includes many children.
The income and wealth of the people in Iran is very unevenly distributed. Here, too, the people in the cities are much wealthier than the people in the countryside.
Life is less different in the city
The people in the cities live much more modern than in the country. For example, if you want to go shopping in a shopping center, you can get almost everything we have here. Chic fashion too. Because Iranian women are allowed to wear anything at home that is dressed in the West. Just not in public. It is mandatory to cover yourself up. Nevertheless, you will see women on the streets of Tehran who wear headscarves, but also show hair that is made up, often stronger than ours. Nevertheless, it can happen that the moral police control it. Young people in particular try to lead a life that gives them more freedom. They meet in cafes and in special places where people turn a blind eye.