A friend of mine who I worked with in Ibri sent me this disturbing link to a news article in Muscat Daily titled “Misguided Youth Behind Ibri Trouble“. How disturbing but oh so predictable. No doubt foreigners from outside Ibri will be blamed not unlike the silly comment by Essa bin Mohammed Al Zedjali in the most recent “Viewpoint” in the Times of Oman that “I strongly believe that the miscreants were not the loyal sons of Sohar but were from other far off places.”
On a positive note, it’s nice to see that Muscat Daily is now online! That’s big news to me!!!
Posted in Ibri, Oman in the News, Rants
Tagged hooligans, Ibri protests 2011, Ibri rioters, looters, miscreants, misguided youth, Muscat Daily online, protests break out across Oman, punks, sense of entitlement
“Every gift which is given, even though it be small, is in reality great, if it is given with affection.” (Pindar)
“I am in the habit of looking not so much to the nature of a gift as to the spirit in which it is offered.” (Robert Louis Stevenson)
This is the first time, in teaching at college/university, that I have classes that run for less than 15 weeks. We run classes in 8 week blocks and I have just finished teaching my 1st block at my new job. It’s a much shorter length of time to get to know one’s students but it’s nice to have a change.
I have had a lovely group of students during the past 8 weeks and I am so happy to report that they have all passed onto the next level!!! We start our new “blocks” this coming Saturday and I’m looking forward to meeting a new group of students to teach, appreciate and love.
“The faster you go, the more students you leave behind. It doesn’t matter how much or how fast you teach. The true measure is how much students have learned.” (William Glasser)
This is a glass Khanjar (Arabic for “dagger”) which Ibri College gave to every person who is leaving the college for good. Sweet! For a photo of a REAL Khanjar, check this link and here‘s a good write-up about how they relate to Omani culture.
This was from an official ceremony a few weeks back at Al Masarat Hall in Ibri College
Some dates on campus
The semester has ended! Classes are over as are the final exams. Marking of the final exams has also been completed (apart from a few teachers still working on marking year 1 exams this week). For the next 3 weeks, teachers will be coming into their offices but there is no work to do really. Even the cafeterias are closed which make it even harder and more boring sitting around waiting for vacation to officially start…Really looking forward to going home soon!