Kuwait's Kindergartens back in the day

Kuwait’s Kindergartens back in the day used to be from 8am to 4pm. They used to provide the kids with lunch and snacks, and they also used to let them nap during noon time.

I showed my mother the picture above, and she remembered the big hall where they used to sleep. She had this to say:

“I remember that big hall, and I remember that I cried for a whole week because of that hall. I hated the idea of sleeping in that hall and I didn’t like leaving home to Kindergarten in general. My father didn’t like seeing me crying like that and decided not to have me go to the kindergarten anymore, and instead remain at home till it’s time for 1st grade (ibteda2y).

I have a cousin who is my age, but was a year ahead of me in school, I didn’t realize the reason behind her being ahead of me till recently.. I was sorta punished for not attending Kindergarten.. they made me stay in 1st grade for 2 years. I don’t know how they did that, and how my family allowed that to happen. But back in the day, Kuwait wasn’t so organized when it came to matters like this (kanat 3ayma isalfa).”

I think this system of having the kids nap at noon time was stopped during the 70’s or early 80’s. I remember in our days we used to have breakfast and snacks.. no naps, and we’d leave home early, 12:30 or 1pm tops.

According to the email I received the picture was taken at Balqees Kindergarten in AlDasma.

Thanks H.A.S.


This entry was posted on Saturday, October 24th, 2009 at 10:34 pm

8 Responses to “Kuwait’s Kindergartens back in the day”

  1. khalid says:

    t5ayal law t9eer hal ayam chethii !!!
    matwa8a3 ahalehom be5aloonhom :S

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  3. 1001Nights says:

    About the nap thing they made us do that too in summer school abroad. I was laughing about that just recently, iyeeboona winawmoona! So it’s not just a Kuwairi thang ๐Ÿ˜€

  4. Danderma says:

    Chanzain yekhaloona we nap during work! Ma 3ndi ay moshkila ib hal system now esp we leave at 3:30!

    I think in Japan they let them nap an hour during work… they say they regenerate their energy or something… o in Utah they have a four day week o three day weekend! Ya salaaam!

  5. Yousef says:

    khalid tara elfekra ‘3areeba binisba ly.. shlon ayeeb yahhal wasa6erhom ibfirsh wanawemhom ๐Ÿ˜› madry ‘3areeba

    1001Nights okh! 7ata el efrenja sawaw mithilna!?

    Danderma I want to move to Utah!

  6. khalid says:

    i know thats Y!
    7adha ‘3areeba ๐Ÿ™‚

  7. We want napping time in office at noon says:

    Why that was such a progressive move by the MoE back then!
    Wonder what would happen if they tried doing this snoozie time with kiddies in today’s politically charged climate of gender segregation. Pat would come the response from those we do not speak of : Hada gheir kanooni – Mumnoo City

  8. Marzouq says:

    Those really are the old days! I don’t know how Kindergardens are these days!