The manarat schools started in Saudi Arabia. An idea bought and implemented by the Prince Muhammad Al Faisal. He was known for innovative peojects. So was his father King Faisal,one the greatest leaders of the Muslim world. The king was not only handsome but a man with personality and conviction.
Manarat Schools were started to provide quality education to the increasing expatriate population in 1977.
It was the first English medium school where even Americans and British initially studied until they had their own schools. The school had a theme :Islamic theme which taught morality and religion. Regular prayer was of Zuhr prayer or noon was conducted. All Muslim students prayed the Zuhr prayer in school. Non Muslims students were exempted. Quran was taught and every Muslim student had to memorize surahs of the Quran. This however difficult for some who took it grudgingly would have realised its importance after 30 years or after. Where we are in era of GEN X. This is what formed the foundation of every manarat student. In addition to the quality teachers who imparted education in a non traditional Asian and Arab way where the teacher was very strict and you don’t get to say much. This freedom allowed us to think out of the box.
There is a well known saying: “When money is lost,nothing is lost. When health is lost,something is lost. When character is lost” I think Manaratians have realised the importance of manarat Jeddah or any other Manarat in their lives. We really need schools which impart moral education to the youth.
The sections we did not mix with:Arabic section and the Girls school. The Girls school was a totally different building ,so not applicable. But Arabic section kids we rarely talked or avoided though we were students of same school. But we played football sometimes with these guys after school in school premises. Cool nice guys. You realise that now. Big names like Gazzaz,Amoudi ,Erfan..These kids were there. Oh some of them were and still are. They more money than every body else But this attitude is not the Manarat theme. Even after 30 yrs you can speak with Manaratians like they are “family”.This I what I thought and Mr. Yusuf confirmed by saying it (like a family “)few days ago.
I used to think in school ,oh Arabic section ,just avoid them. Rich and proud Guys. I was wrong.
- English Section Boys School
- English Section Girls School
- Arabic Section Boys School
- Arabic Section Girls School.
These for sections from all of Manarat Schools in Saudi Arabia.
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The Manarat Jeddah boys school English section had a great Head Master. It was Kamal Hussein.I first saw him in class 1 :1979. Then there was a gap,but he came back in other grade I think. He knew my name but probably forgotten about the kid in class 3. I did ask him in class 3 about him neing nice or something. He explained so nice taking me in his office,I still recall. I remember he used to bring his daughter to school.The strict ,stern but nice teacher who rarely shouted contributed in the creation of fine professionals excelling in all sectors.
A Manarat Jeddah student was :
- Knew Good English
- Had a sense of being the best
- Did not get intimidated by any one
- Would write to President of a company if necessary to complain
The Manarat student was free from social evils of society during the time his infrastructure was being built.
Among Manarat Students are :
Interestingly Bangladesh has a Manarat School:Manarat Dhaka.
It was founded by the Saudi Ambassador Sheikh Foud Abdul Hameed Al Khatib to Bangladesh in 1979.