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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14 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.

      • Soso says:

        I am in Jeddah Knowledge School, and we are mostly all Saudis, very few are actually foreigners, plus there a lot of public schools that are good, you just chose to blog about the bad ones 🙂

      • The post that you commented on is 5 years old. I happen to live right next to another school which looks very similar to this one, and there are many others like it that I have seen elsewhere.

        I am happy to see some new schools popping up around Jeddah. It’s a welcome sight.

        Of course you must know that you are fortunate to go to Jeddah Knowledge. I know several teachers there. But Jeddah Knowledge is not a public Saudi school now, is it? Your parents are giving you the benefit of a better education by paying a hefty sum in order for you to go there. You are lucky. Many Saudi parents cannot afford to send their kids to schools like yours, so they end up going to schools like the one featured in this post.

        I did NOT say that “religious classes … take over (the) whole education system.” Please reread what I actually said and don’t misinterpret me. Of the Saudi students I have spoken to about education here in public Saudi schools, all said that religious instruction is an substantial part of the curriculum, in addition to the core subjects – so I haven’t assumed anything and have only relayed what I personally have been told.

        For your information, I have not just blogged “about the bad ones” here. If you had read my entire blog and seen all of my posts, you would know that is not true. Seems like you are the one making assumptions…

      • Soso says:

        Also our religious classes do not take over our whole education system for your information, I assume you have never been enrolled in a saudi school which is why you are assuming. Which isn’t ok 😀

      • soso says:

        Calm down Susie I did not mean to offend you, I’m a big fan of your blog. I did not mean to come across as rude, I’m sorry 🙂

      • Hi Soso – Thank you. I don’t think I was rude either, and if it appeared that way to you, I apologize. Both of your earlier comments had a negative tone to them, so I felt the need to explain. I didn’t even use exclamation points or CAPS. You are welcome to comment any time 😉

  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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