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I received a picture from a friend of the building of the first school I studied in early 1950s which is Al-Sabah school so I sent the picture to some and I received funny responses, and this is the article on the subject this problem.
Al-Sabah School opened in the late 1940s, with the expansion of the opening of modern schools for primary and intermediate levels, with the increase in state oil resources after the end of World War II.
Maybe I joined Al-Sabah between 1954 and 1955, and I still remember the faces of the majority of teachers from that stage, and many of my friends there, including Sheikh Mubarak Al-Jaber Al -Ahmad, the late Sheikh Khalifa Al-Abdullah, in addition to Faisal Al-Jassem, Saleh Al-Muslim, and a number of sons of Al-Harz, Al-Qattan, Al-Abdul-Mohsen, Al-Matrouk and Al -Mutawa, Al-Jana’at, Al-Mazidi, Sayed Abed, Al-Mousawi, Al-Sayegh, Al-Fahd, Al-Ibrahim, Marafie and others.
Among the teachers whose faces I still remember well, and who have left our world, are the deputy director of the Majid school, teachers Hamad Al-Rajaib, Ayoub Hussein, Ahmad Al-Muhanna, Issa Obaid, Ahmad Al -Labbad, Saleh Shehab, Muhammad Ali and others.
A friend of whom I am proud of his knowledge told me the story of the founding of the Ahmadiya school, which started its courses with the dwindling financial resources of the Mubarakiya school, the first regular school in the history of the Kuwait.
This affected the level of education so that the teaching of certain subjects was canceled with the refusal to teach the English language and only religious and arithmetic subjects were retained.
These decisions provoked enlightened people such as poet and cleric Yusuf bin Issa, poet Saqr Al-Shabib and historian Abdul Aziz Al-Rasheed, so they went to complain about the matter to the ruler, Sheikh Ahmed Al- Jaber Al-Sabah, asking him to intervene and impose the teaching of modern sciences and English on Mubarakiya, and to silence extremist opponents, including certain parents and clerics.
Sheikh Ahmad, for well-known and sensitive reasons, which we have already discussed in two previous articles, pleased them and offered to open a new school through which they would teach the subjects they wanted, and that is in fact what happened, as a number of the best men known for their love of science called and collected the sum of 13,000 rupees, to be paid repeatedly every year.
The ruler also participated in the donation of two thousand rupees, which was also paid in subsequent years, and the reformer Youssef bin Issa was assigned to take over its management, and it was named the “Ahmadiya school” of after the name of Sheikh Ahmad. Al-Jaber, and construction began in 1921, and its location was on the sea in the Jableh area, close to the current museum.
The curricula of the “liberal” school did not escape strong criticism from extremist clergy and conservatives, as it integrated the teaching of modern sciences and the English language into its curricula.
They were not happy with the appointment of Youssef bin Issa as superintendent, knowing that he was also the first director of Mubarakiya, as they doubted his intentions to develop education.
It does not seem that things have changed much today compared to what they were 100 years ago because the forces of backwardness and ossification are still working to hinder the progress of the state, knowing that everything progress is not in their interest.
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By Ahmad Alsarraf