Thursday, October 16, 2014

SHOPPING: right now I am loving...

Right now I am loving the 'looks for less' posts featured on Mademoiselle Shosho's blog. I am so pregnant that walking around the malls browsing is pure torture. These posts helped me find a really great pair of shoes for a quick-in-and-out shopping trip:). See her blog for more great steals


Anonymous said...

Excuse me for posting a different topic to the original post which is why you don't have to post it on your blog if you see no need to.

Firstly, it has been revitalizing and inspiring to read your thoughts on numerous important topics. Because of that i have come to respect your well stated opinions and insights and thought if I could ask you to express how you feel about the topic of "Home schooling" especially in your context as a Muslim mother settled in Oman.

It would be helpful for a young man like me to make informed choices when marriage comes along in the future and whether Home schooling is a viable option to be discussed with my partner compared to a private or public school system.

I believe that I have a firm understanding of Home schooling and what it requires to be successful as it is discussed in its international context. Some general points of that is that it is a growing trend in western countries and numerous books and articles even by foreign politicians and spiritual leaders have been written as well as videos from all ages and genders talking about it. Majority of this is all outside Oman though.

The niche area of my question is really about how realistic is Home schooling in Oman. If i am not mistaken, you mentioned that you are working at the Ministry of Education and that is another reason why i think you could shed some light on this subject.

What I have heard about this subject in the Gulf region is very little and the little that i have heard came from the United Arab Emirates where some mothers went to the Ministry of Education there and asked for the requirements of topics so that their children could attend examination days but not to attend the parameters of entering a school system. Maybe there are several others who do so in Oman that i don't know about and how they manage it.

Whenever I bring up the idea and explain what it is with its pros and possible cons if not taken care of, especially to local women of old and young age, they seem thrown back towards it and it has been a while now that I haven't seen any interest of it from them since i brought it up. Not sure why. Which is the second part to my question i would like your opinion if you could be so kind. Even if Home schooling is practiced in Oman, how likely is this idea to gain acceptance in today's Omani culture with the soon to be newly wedded girl even after having discussed it with her? If so, does the idea have enough merit to pursue or better to drop it?

I understand that I am asking for a subjective opinion and each person's decision will ultimately be an individual choice according to circumstances but I hold yours in high regard. I hope this won't be a burden on you with other things going on in your life as i think you're suited to answer this in many ways. Do take the time if you need to and accept to look into it. I welcome any kind of critical thoughts your perspective might have.

Mustapha MaDish said...

I like your blog!

Omani Princess (not Omani...yet) said...

Anonymous: I work on projects with the Ministries not for them*

As per the rules permitting home schooling I believe the program would have to be reviewed by the Minstry of education to be acceptable. As far as I know, only homeschooling programs accredited by other governments (such as Canada) are accepted for primary and highschool education and exams were attended in Canada not Oman. My knowledge of this matter is quite limited.

If such information were available from the MOE and homeschooling were feasible I'd certainly see if something worthy to discuss befpre marriage. If a young OMani woman were educated herself and yet preferred to stay home and riase her children, educating them would and should be a part of the discussion on how that would be managed. But also, how many children she were going to educate would influence that. As a teacher I am unable to educate more than three children at different levels at the same time in a 12 hour day, for example. If you had more than three children, education could become exhausting if done at home. That's just my opinion as a woman; and having had teaching experience managing different classroom levels (my nanny growing up also homeschooled all 5 of her children but she had a university degree and spent 12 hours a day at it).

Omani Princess (not Omani...yet) said...

Mustapha: thank you!