JAMES MULLAN: A theme evolved during the sessions at the Emirates Airline Festival of Literature, the debt every creative person owes inspirational teachers.
SUSIE OF ARABIA: You won’t believe some of the ludicrous reasons given for why girls shouldn’t be allowed to participate in sports or exercise in school.
STEVE ROYSTON: The parents of many in the GCC instill in their sons and daughters (particularly sons) the idea that the only respectable career is management.
RAMZY BAROUD: “Through education we will become a prosperous nation, and will obtain a life that allows us to live in freedom. We will continue to improve education, so that future generations can live peacefully.”
The ministry has big plans for education but also mountainous challenges. The religious establishment, in control for so long, are in almost every office… This control goes way back to 1960 when girls were allowed to get an education.