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Saturday , February 22 2020

‘No hope for progress without proper education’

Ahmad-Al-Sarraf

We mentioned in yesterday’s article that no civil, moral or industrial progress can be achieved in any society without distinguished education. We made the child hate school, and through our curricula we ask him to beware of the infidels and not to resemble them in housing, clothing and food, and not to take part in their feasts, and forbid them praying to God to have mercy on them and portray them as the source of all evil.

These boys later discover that the people who their ‘elders’ called infidels are the ones who build their homes, decorated their bedrooms and they went to the schools sitting in the vehicles manufactured by those who they were made to believe are infidel.

The infidels are the ones who helped them (these boys) to speak on the phone, manufactured the clothes they wear and refined the oil he is using and made sea water drinkable, the arid desert green, built flying objects out of scrap metal, cured the sick. So what do we expect to happen to the mind of this boy who was made to believe all this inconsistency between what he hears, knows and what he understands and sees? Because of our curricula and the way we are brought up, our societies evaluate the work of the human being, his position and his goodness through the public religious performances such as attending prayer services, being in the first row of worshipers, spending the night in prayers inside mosques, growing beards and shortening clothes.

For them such appearances are more important and desirable than sparing no time and exerting tremendous efforts in laboratories in search of a useful serum or a unique medicine. In Bangladesh, supposed to be the poorest Islamic country, with a population of 160 million, hundreds of thousands of children fall sick or die annually due to malnutrition , however the clerics there refuse to open a bank where breast milk can be donated to feed the infants under the pretext or fear of mixing genealogy, completely ignoring the rule that prohibits prohibitions when necessary, and we in Kuwait and the rest of our countries are not better than them, we have neutralized extreme necessities and have followed the religious texts without understanding or thinking, so our fate is backwardness.

The observer does not need to make much effort to know the extent of backwardness in our societies. All that is required is to look at what is happening in one region which is a model of tragedy, especially the situation of women and children, which is more than tragic.

Definitely this tragedy is a result of backward education systems. Some officials have tried to do something about radically changing the curricula, including Professor Moudhi Al-Humoud, the former Minister of Education, who sought and established the National Center for the Development of Education, and appointed a distinguished personality to manage it, but the forces of backwardness and sectarianism saw its existence as a danger, so they neutralized the work of the center, and marginalized the role of its administration before getting rid of it later.

Minister Al-Humoud also invited the World Bank to consider the educational process from an international perspective, and negotiations with the bank extended until the agreement reached its final stages during the era of the academic and former minister, Mr Badr Al-Essa, who did not hesitate to sign a contract worth ten million dinars with the bank to develop the education system over a period of 4 years but all the studies of the bank ended up in the trash during the era of the next minister, the reason for which is still unknown. From all of this we conclude the following two things:

The first: that trading in this country has a father, the stock market has a father and a mother, and football has a father, a mother and a sister, and the bidders have fathers, and the contracting has fathers, but education, most important of all, is an orphan, without a father or mother.

Second: In the absence of any binding government policy and timetable for radical development of education, any talk about real progress at any level, unlike the tribal and sectarian levels, does not make sense, and this means there is no hope for this nation to rise one day. We take advantage of Christmas, to congratulate all the followers of the Eastern Churches on this happy occasion.

By Ahmad alsarraf
e-mail: habibi.enta1@gmail.com

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