Nearly a quarter of Kuwait’s entire population is under the age of 14 and yet with the exception of school assemblies, we never hear their voices. During Ramadan, Kuwait Times likes to publish a special series that engages with its readership in a more direct, personal way to learn their concerns, issues and viewpoints.
This Ramadan, we will chat with some of our youngest readers about their lives in Kuwait, in an attempt to see the world through their eyes. What do they see for the future of our beautiful country? What would they improve and how would they change it? By listening to their future plans, stories, and experience in Ramadan, we can remind ourselves and hopefully our readers of the ties that bind us all together as a species.
These are the voice of Kuwait’s future and we invite them to share their thoughts with us here.
Q: What is your name?
A: My name is Safyre.
Q: What grade are you in? What school do you go to?
A: I’m grade two at Kuwait American School (KAS).
Q: What do you want to be when you grow up?
A: I want to be an architect because I like to draw and design buildings.
Q: What is your experience about Ramadan?
A: I think Ramadan is good because most people seem happy when they fast but for others it seems hard for them to get through a day without eating or drinking. I tried to fast but I got too hungry. My mother said it’s better to start out by fasting for one meal.
Q: Tell me more about growing up in Kuwait?
A: What I like about Kuwait is that there are many things to do such as going to the parks, the beach, riding bikes, meeting friends, shopping and spending time with my family. I also love that a lot of people are trying to recycle though still not enough people are recycling.
Q: What do you dislike about Kuwait?
A: I don’t like that people are throwing their trash everywhere and leaving their rubbish in the parks.
Q: What do you want to change about Kuwait or the world?
A: I’m going to make buildings look like animals, maybe horses or rabbits, I will let them decide. And I’m also going to help people recycle by making signs and keeping an eye on people if they are throwing trash or not.
Q: What is your favorite thing to do with your friends?
A: I like to go to my friend’s house and spy on her grandmother and see what she’s cooking and know the ingredients of her yummy cookies. Today I will make a midnight’s snack with my father called friendship cookie from a book about girls’ friendship.
Q: What was the nicest thing you did for someone?
A: I cheered up a friend, she was really sad because her first friend was mean to her but I told her that sometimes in life people will just start being mean to you and I told her about how sad I get when I see the living things suffer from all the rubbish in Kuwait, then she felt better.
By Faten Omar