Studying at the Masjed is really an honor but sometimes my teachers are not very understanding. They are strict when it comes to learning math. I have been trying to keep up with the other students but the numbers just will not stick in my head. I remember being good at math when I was young, but now that I am 14, I am having trouble with algebra. I do not understand how it is possible to mix together all of the different numbers and letters. This is confusing to me. I feel as though I know the lesson and then when I try to do my work at home, I cannot remember what I have learned. At least I have my Holy Quran classes to look forward to. I am much better with words than with numbers. I know I should not complain. I could be working on the farm like all of my siblings. Since I am the oldest son, I know I have the responsibility to get a good education and for this I am grateful.
This entry shows that education was very different for my grandfather. He was the only child that was able to attend school. This was before oil was discovered and developed, so people were much poorer than they are now. There were only two classes as well in those days. Education focused on math and the Holy Quran. Today, all children can go to school and they have access to computers, televisions and all sorts of technology. They learn about science, reading, history and math. Education has really changed in the UAE since my grandfather’s time.
This is one of the most exciting days of my life. My education is now complete and I am a fully certified architect. I am excited and sad because I will be leaving my small farm by the oasis. I will miss my father and mother, but there is no work for an architect in our little village. Everyone seems to be flooding into Abu Dhabi and Dubai. I have a job for a large firm that is designing housing units for immigrant laborers.