Do the children go to school in Kuwait?
A school was founded in Kuwait as early as 1911, and from 1954, after the country had made its fortune through oil production, a lot of money was invested in education and compulsory schooling of at least eight years was introduced. In the meantime, the mandatory number has been increased to nine years.
But it wasn’t until Kuwait became independent, in 1961, that people began to pay more attention to education. The aim is to make Kuwait competitive not only among the Arab countries but also worldwide. This means that the Kuwaiti students should simply perform well.
Almost all Kuwait people can read and write
There are almost no people left in the younger population who cannot read and write. 96 out of 100 are powerful. Among older people over the age of 60, there is a higher proportion of illiterate people, i.e. people who cannot read and write.
Many children go to a school that is divided into a preschool, a primary level, which corresponds to our primary school, a middle level and a secondary level. Both schools and universities do not cost anything in Kuwait. Teaching materials such as books are also paid for by the government.
Opposite the public schools are many private schools visiting children from abroad. Most foreign workers in Kuwait send their children to private schools. There are now also schools for the children of the workers, most of whom work on the country’s construction sites or oil fields.
Living with two living rooms
An apartment with two living rooms? Yes, there is in Kuwait. One living room for the family and one for the guests. Zahis Al Kazerni shows us what his parents’ house in Kuwait City looks like. A little insight into the everyday life of the Kuwait, a country located in Middle East according to localtimezone.
Tradition and modernity
Tradition meets modernity
The way of life in Kuwait still corresponds to the old traditions in many ways. However, some areas of life, such as living, professions and clothing, are subject to major changes. Other areas resist all attempts at innovation and cling to old ways of life.
The family in Kuwait
The family in Kuwait is still very important. Above all it is important to eat the food together. A Kuwaiti family committed to tradition does not want to miss that. Families are usually very large and support each other. At the same time you isolate yourself from the outside world. Anyone who does not belong to the family is and remains an outsider.
Separate areas for women and men
In Kuwait, too, men and women usually meet separately. Especially at important celebrations, including weddings, men and women gather in different places. Here, two families who know each other usually connect again and this creates an even larger family and community.
In Kuwait’s major shopping malls you can buy everything that western designers have to offer. In the presence of men and in public, many women wear the ababyas, black coats that reach to the floor, and the hijab, the headscarf. This often conceals chic dresses and the fashionable “latest craze”. But these clothes are only seen by family members and women.
The men, regardless of age, usually wear the Dishdasha, that is a white robe with long sleeves that goes down to the ankles. In summer these clothes are mostly made of cotton. In winter, they are darker in color and made of wool. There is also the usual headgear. First you put on a round headgear called the Gahfiya, on top of which is a large cloth, the Khitra. It is usually white or red and white checked. This is specially folded and put on.
Women’s rights in Kuwait
Until 2005 women in Kuwait had no right to vote, neither active nor passive. So they couldn’t be elected and couldn’t be elected. So they also had no opportunity to have a say in politics. This applied both to the Kuwaiti women and to the many migrant women from other countries. Their rights are severely restricted to this day.
In 2005 the ruling dynasty introduced the right to vote for women. They wanted to show the West, which had supported Kuwait in the Gulf War against Iraq, that an Arab state was capable of acting democratically. At the same time, the government tried to use the growing influence of the Islamists to push back. With that one had “killed two birds with one stone” so to speak.
However, in the end, women were hardly elected in these first elections and far too few women even voted. No woman came into parliament. For something to really change, the women in Kuwait have to take action themselves and not just wait for government decisions.
Many women now work in Kuwait and are involved in political decisions as ministers. The number of female students is higher than that of men. Nevertheless, we cannot yet speak of equality, even if women’s rights have been strengthened.