WORLD Feature: Children in Kuwait long for school study amid COVID-19 spread


Feature: Children in Kuwait long for school study amid COVID-19 spread


17:25, November 20, 2020

KUWAIT CITY, Nov. 20 (Xinhua) -- With many students forced to remain home due to the COVID-19 pandemic, going back to school is a dream now for many children in Kuwait.

Kuwaiti children, wearing protective facemasks due to the coronavirus pandemic, cycle in a street in the Salwa district of Kuwait City on May 29, 2020. (Photo: AFP)

Reem Al-Azmi, a ten-year-old Kuwaiti girl, dreams of returning to school soon to play with her friends who have been absence for almost nine months.

Reem, like her peers, has been learning online since last October when the Kuwaiti Ministry of Education imposed an e-learning system in all schools around the country to protect children from the COVID-19 infection.

While watching her children playing in Jabriya Park in Hawalli Governorate, Reem's mother told Xinhua her opinion on online classes.

"As a parent, I'm suffering from e-learning. Following up with children's lessons is hard for my husband and I as both of us are full-time workers," she said.

Rimas Ahmedthe, a 13-year-old Egyptian girl, told Xinhua that she misses travelling to her home country Egypt during her summer vacation.

"I missed my grandparents and friends," she said sadly.

Dr. Siham Al-Fraih, the president of the Kuwait National Society for Child Protection, said that children in Kuwait and all over the world are deprived of basic rights due to the coronavirus pandemic, such as the right of education and playing with their peers.

Distance education is not an easy task as it requires high developed internet equipment to facilitate the use of educational technologies, she told Xinhua.

"Also, parents have a great role in educating their children during this exceptional time. The majority of teachers do not have much experience on e-learning, whether in Kuwait or abroad," she said.

"The parents must be more patient and understand that this is still new to all," she said.

"Meanwhile, government institutions must provide all support for parents on the educational side," she noted.

On the occasion of World Children's Day, which falls on Nov. 20, Kuwaiti National Society for Child Protection has launched an awareness campaign on social networking sites under the slogan "Our Children are the Future."

The campaign includes 30 advertisements aiming to aware society of the need to listen to children while teaching them volunteering, community participation, reading, and learning, Siham Al-Fraih explained. 

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