Wednesday, 23 January 2008

Corporal Punishment In Algerian Schools

Today , well the last 4months have been a big headache as my lil girlie (aged 6yrs old) started school for the first time ever as she was homeschooled prior to that. She was so excited and really happy to be attending full time instituanal education , her dreams were soon to be shattered abelit an abusive teacher, who just can't help herself , she slaps , pulls hair , throws things at the these lil babies , why ? beacause she has got problems , at home , in her marriage , whatever , why is she bring them to school , she is ruining my childs schooling, the child cry's every morning , every eveing , at every oppurtunity at the mention of school. I have been to see the teacher twice and the head once and asked for the abuse to kindly stop!!!! Now what? it has not stopped , the child is having tantrums and this morning was too much , no more , i cant take it anymore , whats wrong with these people , do i have to go in heavy handed , is this the only language they understand? i decided after 2 warnings the teacher has not got it into her head that she can not beat my child or any other , so i decided to change the class, when i asked the head to do so , he said i was actually thinking of letting this teacher go 9the class i wanted to change to ) as she is far to abusive to the kids and i have had so much complaints!!!!!!! well that was the icing on the cake for me , so my lil girlie is better of getting slapped up by this abuser as she abuses less than the other. Allah al Must'aan , decided to google and see what came up subhan allah was suprised to see 10 pages all about abuses in Algeria hers a report seems its commonly used in the home so it is part of the norm , what ever happened to these peoples fear of Allah? here is a study by UNICEF and read for yourself , now i remeber getting beats at school as a child , the slipper was around in them days and the cane but i mean the slaps and poking and pulling hair of the record , i had 3 horrid teachers who did this to me and that was in London ,UK.
Following the end of a bloody civil conflict that dragged on for more that a decade, Algeria has made progress toward peace and stability in recent years. The government is working with UNICEF to create a protective environment for children. But violence remains a serious issue in schools and in the home.
Issues facing children in Algeria
The nutritional status of young children has not improved since 2002.
A study conducted by the Ministry of Education in collaboration with UNICEF revealed that corporal punishment is still commonly practiced in schools. Violence in schools is associated with learning difficulties and early dropouts.
School completion rates are declining. In 2005, some 500,000 teens dropped out.
A recent study on child labour revealed that more than a quarter of children are working. Many rural children work with their parents.
It is estimated that 1 out of every 20 children abuses tobacco, alcohol or drugs.
Institutional challenges in departments such as the Ministries of Health and Education have hampered the implementation of some initiatives for children. Ambitious plans to introduce maternal care and universal education for girls and boys have yet to be fulfilled.
Activities and results for children
Infant and maternal mortality rates continue to decline. Mothers and children now enjoy wider access to medical care and improved services.
Immunization coverage against the primary childhood diseases is above 80 per cent.
UNICEF and its partners are promoting water conservation in arid regions, including the Tindouf refugee camps.
Significant strides have been made to ensure that girls realize their right to an education. In the last few years, almost two thirds of high-school diploma candidates were girls.
UNICEF and the Ministry of Education have developed a new national policy that will create early childhood education programmes for children from ages three to six.
The “Child-Friendly Schools” initiative has been launched in some 40 schools. These schools aim to provide a stimulating, healthy and supportive environment for learning.
Some 650 educators have attended training sessions on strategies for preventing violence in schools.
With UNICEF support, the Ministry of Family and Women has developed a National Plan of Action for women and children affected by violence. Standard procedures and a reliable support system have been created to respond more effectively to individual cases.
UNICEF is assisting the Ministry of Justice in the implementation of a new Child Protection Code.
Algerian National Radio has partnered with UNICEF to promote the rights of children, support national literacy campaigns and develop teaching and training materials for Saharawi refugee women.
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6 comments:

Umm Ibrahim said...

Assalaamu alaikum,
Subhan Allah sis; that is so sad that school is having such a profoundly negative affect on your little girl. :( Are you going to withdraw her from school or try for an alternative?

Safiyyah said...

As Salaamu Alaikum Sis:

Would it help to have your husband talk to the school staff?

Also, is homeschooling an option in Algeria?

Ya Allah! I feel bad for your little one.

Umm Salihah said...

I stumbled across your blog via Sister Saffiya's comment on Ameena's webiste. She is right, your blog is beuatiful (puts my plain jane blog to shame).

I am sorry to hear that somone we should trust with the welfare of our most precious ones, has hurt your child. My Allah ease her situation and put mercy in her heart and also ease the hurt your little one has had to deal with.

I am very curious about Algeria as I am seeing many more Algerian families in my neighbourhood and dont know a lot about the country. I hope to be visiting your blog in future to learn more inshallah.

Rainbow In The Grey Sky said...

aslamu alakum sisters ,
jazakAllahu khyrun for your kind comments all of you umm salhiah i have been by your blog and will check out out more often sister. Safiyyah i made hijrah alone with my 3 kids and a tortoise dh has not been able to join us yet! These thing are left to me to sort out alhamduillah , well good news is , the head had a word with the current teacher and she has stopped , taken on board what i said and said she won't do it anymore to my lil girl inshaAllah she will stop with the others too!!! Lil girlie is happy mashaAllah and the nag nag nag naging night and day has stopped mashaAllah!

Rainbow In The Grey Sky said...

aslamu alakum sisters ,
jazakAllahu khyrun for your kind comments all of you umm salhiah i have been by your blog and will check out out more often sister. Safiyyah i made hijrah alone with my 3 kids and a tortoise dh has not been able to join us yet! These thing are left to me to sort out alhamduillah , well good news is , the head had a word with the current teacher and she has stopped , taken on board what i said and said she won't do it anymore to my lil girl inshaAllah she will stop with the others too!!! Lil girlie is happy mashaAllah and the nag nag nag naging night and day has stopped mashaAllah!

Rainbow In The Grey Sky said...

aslamu alakum sisters ,
jazakAllahu khyrun for your kind comments all of you umm salhiah i have been by your blog and will check out out more often sister. Safiyyah i made hijrah alone with my 3 kids and a tortoise dh has not been able to join us yet! These thing are left to me to sort out alhamduillah , well good news is , the head had a word with the current teacher and she has stopped , taken on board what i said and said she won't do it anymore to my lil girl inshaAllah she will stop with the others too!!! Lil girlie is happy mashaAllah and the nag nag nag naging night and day has stopped mashaAllah!

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