By: Saleh Abdullah
This week students all over Oman returned to their
schools as if they are honeybees out of their beehives. After a long Summer
holiday it is time again to embark and proceed on their learning journey.
Undoubtedly this event creates a major shift to the parents life style as
well. Each house would be like a factory. Mothers would wake up early to get
their children ready and prepare their breakfast and motivate the lazy ones
and persuade them to head to their schools with creative promises and
tactics that touch their interest.
All the families become on alert to ensure that the
day’s routine goes without disruption.
In the process of preparing the student to the come
back day, parents had to undergo strenuous tasks to prepare the uniforms and
secure the required stationary which includes an array of demands such as
bags, pencils, pen and the rest of the familiar long list.
The scene of the students with their bags reveals their
different taste and the impact of latest trends in the cartoon movies. Even
the situation on the roads is different. The roads become so congested and
the traffic movements are slow as if it is a marriage procession.
The students are joyful and chanting and playing with
their school mates inside their school buses.
At the school yards the teachers on the other hand are
on their toes for the grand reception to welcome their migrating birds. They
exert all the efforts to make them warm and happy in their nests.
This glorious moment brings to mind a vision, which His
Majesty Sultan Qaboos had more than three decades ago. It was His Majesty’s
firm belief in the importance of education as a catalyst of change in the
quest to build modern Oman that has led to our present achievements. It was
his love and devotion to his people that has made him loudly cry with his
eternal statement “ We will teach our children even under the shade of a
tree” A statement which engraved in every Omani citizen’s heart.
As we watch these youngsters go back to their schools
in each nook and corner of Oman we cannot help but say thanks a million Your
Majesty. Your Vision has certainly become a tangible reality. It has
certainly become a success story.
From a mere three schools for boys before 1970 to
uncountable educational institutions that cater to both genders for various
stages of education up to higher studies.. This is certainly more than a
fulfilled promise. It is a moment of pride of such a huge and inspiring
achievements. It is a massive paradigm shift for brighter Tomorrow.