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Louise Parry May 27, 2010 06:40 am
I have to say that my expat colleagues and I will be really delighted if the above proposals actually go ahead next academic year. I have been teaching here for the past 5 years and have spent only the first Christmas back home with friends and family. After my first year the holiday dates changed meaning that we only had a couple of days off work during the Christmas period. As an expat it was indeed my choice to come and work here and become integrated into the Arabic culture, but I believe the Ministry of Education (MOE) should show some empathy with the vast number of expats who are actually working here, helping to raise the standards of eduation in the local community. We are more than happy to share in the customs and celebrations during Ramadan and Eid as we appreciate how much it means to our fellow Arabic teachers and to the Arabic community on the whole. I therefore think that the importance of our major religious holiday should likewise be acknowledged by the MOE. We are not asking for anyone to join in our celebrations unless they wish to, but are simply asking for the opportunity to return to our loved ones during this time, instead of feeling like we are so far from home and missing out on all the celebrations.