These school boys are crossing a very busy street on their way home from school. Most boys schools require the boys to wear the traditional white dress, called thobe, as their uniform. The two boys in the center of the photo wearing the white caps are both carrying green prayer rugs. All public schools require the students to pray and a good portion of the curriculum is dedicated to Islamic studies. In Saudi Arabia, there are schools for boys and separate schools for girls because of the strict segregation of the sexes here. For example, there are even banks that are only for women and most homes here also have two entrances – one for women guests and the other for men guests. The Ministry of Education wasn’t established here until 1953. Back then, most girls in the country were not educated past 4th grade. Even today, a woman cannot attend university or work without the permission of her father or her husband.
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Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, is KSA's 2nd largest city and is located on its west coast, right on the Red Sea. I moved here in 2007 with my Saudi hubby. This journal reflects the things that I see here, life through my eyes, my lens.
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