13 October 2006
by Sonya Ghaddar
Khadeeja Girls Primary School is working hard to instill a sense of charity in its students. Getting the students physically and mentally involved in the charity projects is the key to fostering a sense of social consciousness, said Maryam Hassan Al Hajiri, Principal, Khadeeja Girls School.
Allowing the students to participate in the 'hands on' aspects of the projects gives them a new concept of charity that goes far beyond merely donating money, said Al Hajiri during an interview with The Peninsula. She added: “For the Lebanese charity dinner the girls actually served the food to the people at the event. We sent them to the Diplomatic Club for a workshop to be trained by the food service department staff. This was a totally new experience for most of the children because they are used to having maids serving them at home.”
This year the administration of the school has incorporated several programmes to enhance the children's awareness of social issues, such as raising money for uniforms and school supplies for students of lower income families at Khadeeja, a Ramadan food drive for needy families and a charity dinner for child victims of the war in Lebanon.
“We need to educate the children at a humanitarian level. The children need to understand that all human beings are the same and the treatment of the poor, the maids and the drivers should be kind and humane. By asking our students to physically 'do the work’ for these charity projects we are attempting to show them this and to instill a sense of charity”, said Linda Al Saigel, Chairperson of the Board of Trustees, Khadeeja Girls School.
For the Ramadan food drive, the parents of the students were encouraged to have the children choose the items to be donated. Next the children were expected to bring in the items, divide the supplies and then pack them into parcels for delivery, by the school social worker, to needy families.