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Mubarkiya School Exhibition

KUWAIT: Najla Al-Naqi, political activist and lawyer, held a symposium on the heritage of Kuwait on the occasion of the anniversary of 100 years since the establishment of Mubarakiya School. Participants in the symposium displayed some rare objects symbolizing this era. The event was attended by some researchers into history, some MPs and others. Saleh Al-Misbah, Secretary General of the Kuwait Writers Association, spoke about the establishment of Mubarakiya School.

“In the past, education in Kuwait depended on classes given by religious leaders who held classes for boys at the mosque, or by female religious experts who gave lessons to girls in their homes. The idea of establishing Mubarakiya School came in 1910, and was realized in 1911 to gather students in this school,” he noted.

The school has always been the symbol of education in Kuwait.

According to Al-Misbah, Kuwaitis were literate more than 300 years ago. “Historians discovered an old document going back to year 1668, which is the oldest document found in Kuwait. This finding proves that people at that time were writing and reading. Education then developed in 1936, with the arrival of the Palestinian educational delegation. The curriculum faced objections by some religious personalities, especially with the addition of mathematics, science and English language, which they considered as westernization,” he added.

Hani Al-Assousi, member of the Kuwait Heritage Team, spoke about the stages of establishing the first school in Kuwait.

“The idea of establishing Mubarakiya School was by Eisa Bin Yousif Al-Qinai during a gathering in 1910. He suggested collecting money to realize this project. Kuwaiti merchants donated some money, which reached 77,000 rupees. Some Kuwaitis also donated parts of their houses to serve for educational purposes and held classes in them,” he explained.

Abdullah Bin Nasser, a Kuwaiti researcher in history, also displayed some of his historical belongings such as the Mubarakiya anthem, the old phone directory of the school, and some papers that included educational material of the school of 100 years ago. He also displayed the historical trophy of the 50th anniversary of Mubarakiya School.

Jasim Al-Gharib addressed a presentation about the documentary on Mubarakiya School, which is produced by the Arab Media Center. The documentary showed the idea of establishing the school, the place where it was built and its cost, which reached 16,000 rupees. The documentary also showed the staff of teachers and other officers who worked in this school, in addition to other historical memories.

The event was also attended by several candidates. Nabeel Al-Fadhel, candidate for the third constituency, said that there are many schools and universities in Kuwait but there is lack of knowledge due to the corruption and fake certificates.


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