School Boys

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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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About SusieOfArabia

American woman now living in hubby's homeland of Saudi Arabia
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10 Responses to School Boys

  1. Thank you for visiting my blog. The visit and comment is appreciated.

    I came here in return. The proper thing to do. I read all the material you have out to read and found it most fascinating. A total change in lifestyle and culture and it must have been more interesting in the beginning than perhaps now. Does it become tedious? I have not yet gone to your other blog but will to learn more.

    I admire your photography too.

    Abraham Lincoln
    Brookville, Ohio

    • I’m still trying to look at it as an adventure here, but as a foreigner, the oppressive and domineering way the society is set up can be hard to swallow at times. Thanks, Abe!

  2. Fishing Guy says:

    Susie: I still in my mind can’t grasp living where that is the way of life.

  3. Brad says:

    It is a shame that the sexes are segregated.

    • From what I understand, it’s gotten worse since oil was discovered here and all the mad development started. They had to bring in lots of foreign workers but didn’t want Western influence to come in.

  4. Jacob says:

    Ah, Susie…so damn repressive and medieval! Makes me sad.

  5. Sally says:

    Thanks so much for the birthday greetings – very much appreciated.
    Sydney Daily Photo

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