There are a lot of students here! Always saying 'hello' and smiling as I pass them through the halls and playground, I wondered how I would ever get to know them all. So, I thought to interview a few here and there on the morning break to give me a little one-on-one with some of them. And here are the first two with whom I met. Samiha Shaath (on the left) and Seba Aburamaise are both in the sixth grade. They share their favourite subjects - English and Arabic - their English is incredibly good. Samiha has three other siblings, all who are married. Marriage is a very big deal here and getting married in your early twenties is still quite common. Family and children are also importat and where two children would be considered the norm in Canada, four is considered average here. Samiha wants to be a surgeon when she grows up and Seba would like to be a singer. She loves listening to Lil Wayne. They both spend their free time playing with friends.
Here are two more sixth graders. Muna Masri is ten years old and she has three older sisters. Her favourite subject is French and she likes playing Hide and Seek. Her favourite colour is pink and wants you to know that Ramallah is so nice. I believe this is true, so if any of you would like to come and visit, you are most welcome!
Riad Khoury is the middle of three children and he likes watching Spongebob. His favourite food is spaghetti and when asked about what sports he enjoys, he was quick to say dabke. Dabke translates to 'stamping of the feet' and is a traditional Arab dance unique to the levent countries. It's like a line dance and often performed at weddings.