Typical School in Jeddah

It’s taken me a while to be able to spot schools here in Jeddah. Most look nothing at all like the schools I am used to seeing in the states. Many of the schools in KSA seem to be old residential villas that have been converted into schools. I have read many complaints about the school system here in Saudi Arabia, especially when it comes to girls’s education. There are many who would like to see more a focus on academics instead of religious education.


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9 Responses to Typical School in Jeddah

  1. Not all schools in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, such as this school, now there are a number of new schools, and I am currently studying the

    : Example

  2. No doubt some schools are like this but some good schools are in good shape too like Gharnata School, It has good covering boundries and signboard take a look.

    • Thanks for the link. But if it’s an international school, does that mean it’s private? How many Saudis actually go there? I think the international schools here in Jeddah, on the whole, are in much better shape than the Saudi schools, and they look more like schools to me too.

  3. ABCD...Z says:

    some time class held in the kitchen and the sink still there!! Following the increase of oil prices in 2008 the King announced the construction of 2000 new schools. The promise never materialised. Though there was some new schools but not 2000 as promised.

    The buildings suffer, the teachers suffer from incompetence, the teaching suffer, the curriculums suffer, all these are reflected on the outcomes which also suffer. However, students spend shorter time in schools comparing with the US. They left school as early as 12,00 or 1,0 pm. No lunch taken in schools. They go to their home to have lunch. “May be in the future schools should offer lunch to pupils and serve them vegetables such as pizza to make them eat healthy food!!! (its a joke)”.

    Religious education is not our biggest problem, or in fact i don’t consider it a problem at all. Imagine if religious education eliminated completely from schools what will happen? How this will improve the outcomes given the incompetence in the heart of the current system. American embassy made an effort to change some of the curriculums as shown in Wikileaks. And they work in partnership with some figures within Saudi Authority. It was serious effort and some who protest this change were sent to prison. But I don’t think this change was aiming to improve the outcome of the Education.

    The minister of Education -who is the husband of King Abdullah’s daughter- promise to reform the Education system in Saudi, but he asked to be given time 10,000 days to implement this reform, and we will see if Allah grants us life what will happen.

    • Thank you, ABCD – I don’t think I’m alone in wanting to see better schools and better educational system here in KSA. I know there is no profit in building schools, but maybe the government could make some kind of law whereby the builders/developers of the multitude of magnificent malls we have here (and they just keep building more and more!) could be required to also build a school. It’s a thought…

  4. geogypsy2u says:

    Looks more like a prison.

  5. Lowell says:

    This is, indeed, a different type of structure than our school buildings. I guess what matters most is what goes on inside the building. Too many people around the world are actually afraid of education, and seek, instead, indoctrination. This is an on-going problem in the U.S., also. Education, in its truest sense, is about learning to ask questions, to think for oneself, to refuse to bow to “authority” just for the sake of authority, to value evidence and the scientific method to determine what is “true.”

    Thus, education always threatens the status quo, the “divine” and other purported authorities. Dangerous stuff! That’s why I loved teaching!

    • Great to hear from you! I’ve been so busy and having so many internet problems at the same time. What you wrote here reminded me of a quote, I’m not sure who said it but it was something like: “Without education, we are in mortal danger of taking educated people seriously.”

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