How to keep the kids in line… properly….
Over the last few years, my search for a decent school for my children in Egypt can only be described as harrowing. I’ve had thoughts of leaving the country just to ensure they gain a proper education. Any semi-decent international school in Egypt costs an arm and not one, but two legs. As a single mother of two (big whoop for deadbeat fathers), those were not even an option, even WITH a teachers discount. Hello Egypt….?! Ever heard of financial aid? Get with the program already…
The affordable, national, private schools I did find were, well, national. I literally went through culture shock and back as I had experiences of school principals with sticks (yes, in order to discipline the children, see picture above… incidentally the same man joked, I think, about using tazers on the older kids) or curriculums that were so localized the children grew up knowing nothing outside the bubble that is Egypt (in terms of history and geography… or anything else, really). My children’s English suddenly turned foreign to my ears as they started imitating their teachers and mispronouncing, nay, butchering words. Examples….? Kilass (class), smoll (small), toll (tall), boll (ball), liyenne (line), shoogar (sugar), baraake (break), mellated (melted) and calf and Wednesday were pronounced as they are spelled…. take a minute to say those out loud, it’s really something…
And what they picked up in Arabic can only be described as, well, from Bola2 (the ghetto). My usually well-spoken daughter to her brother at some point: “Ta3ala henna ya 2oz3a…!”, which can only be translated as “Come here, shorty”…. !?!?!?!?!?!…. On a side note, my kids were at least speaking Arabic, which they weren’t at the beginning of the school year, so, silver lining.
All this aside, of course, is the illogical, irrational, and really when it comes down to it, right down CRAZY “religious” teaching they had… all from the “ministry” of course (I feel like I live in a Brave New World… or the Hunger Games, except they keep us in line by providing the masses with crap education instead of forcing a few of us to kill each other, which is the same, really, when you think about it). Whenever the kids in “kilass” would misbehave, the teacher would raise her voice (because, after all, what are we teaching our children if we are not constantly screaming at them until we are red in the face…. that’s right, nothing) and say:
“Now children, what happens if we don’t listen to our teachers and parents?”
And these beautiful, innocent, young things would answer, in unison “WE’LL ALL GO TO HELL!”…..
I also experienced heads of schools walking into the examination rooms and filling out tests for the children, and was “ordered” by the owner of one particular school to pass a girl who had not even been present the day of the exam.
Maybe the attitude here is well, you get what you pay for. But these were all examples of schools that are considered EXPENSIVE by the general Egyptian population, as they are after all, private. But for someone like me who, was educated abroad, care about my Egyptian roots, and really, want the best of both worlds, there are no affordable options. There are, however, options that might entail me selling one of my children in order to pay for the other one (bad joke, child trafficking/slavery is bad, don’t do it).
Until I found GREEN COMMUNITY SCHOOL. Yes, I tricked you into reading this to advertise… I’m sneaky like that.
Although it hasn’t fully launched yet (classes start October 15th, registration is now, first 15 students to register don’t have to pay registration fees), this national school is GOLD. If you put your kids in Green Community School, you get to keep your arm AND both your legs, and in return, your kids get a top-notch “international” education. The owners have had a wide range of experience opening schools with an affordable state-of-the-art education around the world, and have a very specific vision of applying a technologically motivated international curriculum starting with the pre-K years. Furthermore, the new campus is located in an area that is so (you guessed it!) GREEN, one forgets one lives in Egypt. The sky line is literally filled with palm trees… LITERALLY.
So parents, this little piece of heaven is, in my opinion, the best option out there for our children. You shouldn’t have to pay with your own limbs for an education that will consequently lead to your children picking up spoiled mannerisms, wanting an iPad at the age of 5, and not learning their native language properly.
Say it with me GREEN COMMUNITY SCHOOL: the smart and affordable choice. Check out my Facebook page for more info, or visit, like, and share the GREEN COMMUNITY SCHOOL page.