Let me tell you about teaching in an Egyptian school and my experience thus far with my Egyptian students.
Here is some background knowledge. There is no such thing as public education in Egypt. Ok, maybe there is, but the quality is so poor in comparison to western public education. There are either International schools, or National schools, all of which are private and require quite a bit of money. My particular school costs 12,000 US dollars per child. This is why you will see children in the streets working all kinds of odd jobs if they don’t come from a wealthy family. It is sad, but that is the reality. Public education is something I wish all kids in North America would not take for granted…
The Children at Heritage International School
By the way, the children are also SO CUTE! It’s hard to not smile at them and go easy when are such adorable and beautiful-looking children…The curly hair, the striking green eyes, the smiles…Egyptian kids are very handsome kids!
|Positive learning environment and literacy!|
Many of them are sweet, enthusiastic, and charming…but I am here to educate them and get them ready for grade 7 and life. This is where it gets difficult.
|By the first day of school, I completed it with one more hill and a couple more sheep!|
One thing that I love is how willing the children are to share. They want to tell you about their day, about their summer, about the books their brother loves to read, and they are willing to love you sooner than you would expect. This week, I already got my first hug of the year from one particularly chatty, but sweet boy. I also had to give my first detention of the year to, yet, another talkative boy.