The de­lights of teach­ing in vil­lage schools

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Teach­ing has al­ways been re­garded as a sa­cred and no­ble pro­fes­sion in the Kur­dis­tan Re­gion. Due to lack of teach­ers in the ru­ral ar­eas, the government urges those who grad­u­ate from univer­si­ties and choose to be­come teach­ers, to teach in the vil­lage schools.

De­spite the fact that some grad­u­ates refuse to leave cities for far­away vil­lages for the sake of teach­ing, many oth­ers de­scribe their pro­fes­sion in the coun­try­side schools as a "King’s Life".

Although, newly ap­pointed teach­ers don't make a lot of money, vil­lage school teach­ers have some ex­tra ben­e­fits which are not avail­able to those who in­struct in the cities. The government usu­ally pro­vides the vil­lage school teach­ers with houses close to where they teach. It also takes re­spon­si­bil­ity for paying for elec­tric power, fresh water, and kerosene for heat­ing and cook­ing pur­poses.

Hemin Ah­mad is a fresh col­lege grad­u­ate who teaches in a dis­tant vil­lage school and likes his job very much. Since Ah­mad grad­u­ated in Ed­u­ca­tion Col­lege's English De­part­ment, he has no op­tions other than ac­cept­ing to be hired as a teacher in a ba­sic school in Garawan vil­lage, two-hour drive far from Er­bil city cen­ter.

"I was ner­vous at first to leave my fam­ily, to live with oth­ers in a town, and teach in a vil­lage. But once I got there I started lov­ing it. I feel so com­fort­able to live and work with a group of peo­ple who are close to my age," said Ah­mad.

Ah­mad lives with a room­mate in a house pro­vided by the Kur­dish government for a group of teach­ers in Rawan­duz, a town which is only a few min­utes far from Garawan vil­lage.

Ah­mad be­lieves that he spends the most beau­ti­ful mo­ments of his life with a group of en­light­ened teach­ers in one of the most pic­turesque places in Kur­dis­tan Re­gion.

"Ev­ery­thing is re­fresh­ing to me. When I come out from my dor­mi­tory house, I only see pretty scenes. The moun­tains are cov­ered with snow in this sea­son. I live with a group who mostly are in the same age and have com­mon sense about all the as­pects of life," he noted.

An­other thing that has made teach­ing in vil­lage schools nice is the mar­velous re­spect the vil­lag- ers show to the teach­ers. Teach­ers are con­sid­ered as guides, educators, in­struc­tors, and even prob­lem solvers.

"I am re­spected highly here. I never felt that I am not from around here. The peo­ple are su­per nice," said Ardalan Luq­man who teaches English lan­guage in Bnawiya co­ed­u­ca­tional Ba­sic School in Bnawiya vil­lage, five kilo­me­ter far from Khal­i­fan town in Er­bil.

Af­ter Luq­man mar­ried Nizar Sar­dar, an­other English Lan­guage teacher in the vil­lage, he was pro­vided with a house by the peo­ple of the vil­lage for free. Life for this newly mar­ried cou­ple is like a king one as they don't have to worry about paying for the elec­tric­ity power, drink­ing water, and even kerosene for heat­ing pur­poses.

"Work­ing here is a good ex­pe­ri­ence for us. We re­mem­ber when our par­ents were talk­ing about vil­lage life and we were just lis­ten­ing. But to­day we know how the vil­lage life goes," Luq­man said.

The nicest thing to Luq­man is the sim­plic­ity of life in vil­lage as peo­ple are sat­is­fied with liv­ing in a mod­est way.

One of the big dif­fer­ences be­tween vil­lage schools and the city ones is the num­ber of stu­dents. In a reg­u­lar school in Er­bil city there are over 1000 stu­dents, while in the school where Luqa­man and his wife teach, the stu­dent num­bers do not ex­ceed 280 stu­dents.

"Teach­ing a few stu­dents is eas­ier than teach­ing a large group. The teacher can con­vey his mes­sage more eas­ily and even the stu­dents can get it with no dif­fi­cul­ties," Luqamn ex­plained.

Luq­man's wife, Sar­dar, also loves liv­ing and teach­ing in Bnawiya vil­lage for dif­fer­ent rea­sons in­clud­ing peo­ple's respects for teach­ers and the sim­plic­ity of vil­lage life in gen­eral. There are 70 to 80 fam­i­lies liv­ing in Bnawiya vil­lage who mostly are re­lated. The peo­ple over there are renowned for be­ing lovely, friendly, and re­spect­ful.

Kur­dis­tan Re­gional Government an­nu­ally ap­points a few thou­sand teach­ers in the Re­gion. Ac­cord­ing to the Ed­u­ca­tion and Teach­ing Min­istry Sys­tem, the newly ap­pointed teach­ers have to spend 3-5 years in the dis­tant vil­lages to get ex­pe­ri­ence be­fore mov­ing to the city schools. Many teach­ers, even af­ter spend­ing their le­gal pe­riod in the vil­lages, don't re­turn to the city and de­cide to con­tinue liv­ing in vil­lages for a long time.

A view of a ba­sic school in Garawan Vil­lage. GLOBE PHOTO

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