how a little girl is having problems about understanding why she can’t paint
the picture to show her mom. Amina doesn’t understand why it can’t hang on the
wall together with the other childrens’. But the teacher gives another excuse
and Amina “surrenders”, and takes the picture home. But as her mother sees the
picture she tears it apart, and tells Amina to never say anything to Amina’s
father and she tells Amina explicitly not to draw anymore pictures of the
Prophet of Nazareth. It is obvious that Amina’s mother is scared of how the
punish Amina, or maybe even the mother, for not bringing up her daughter
likes to draw the patterns and she is no more confused. Next day at school,
they’re all going to draw nice Christmas cards. Amina draws the patterns that
her mother has just taught her. The teacher tells her to draw people instead,
and she throws away the Christmas card with patterns on it. Amina refuses to
draw people, and reminds the teacher of what she’d told Amina the other day. The
teacher tries to behave nice and convinces Amina that she will put Amina’s
picture next to the others’. During the two discussions the teacher and Amina
are having, the teacher is having a hard time justifying what she is actually
doing. She gives no particular reason for telling Amina to take home the picture.
Just as well as she gives no explanation for, why Amina can’t draw patterns from
painting. Even more confused, Amina draws people instead. At school she’s told
to draw people from the Christian Bible and at home she’s told that’s wrong. At
home her mom tells her to draw patterns from the Muslim Koran, but when she
comes to school she is told to draw people, – no wonder she is confused! The
ending is from the parents’ point of view very contradictive ( I assume that the
daughter to paint things or people that have anything to do with Christmas.
Meanwhile Amina’s sitting in her room, trying to figure out why she had to throw
the fine drawing of the Holy Family away.
The other day, my daughter brought home a drawing she had made. It was a picture
Nor is my daughter. That’s why I don’t understand that she has to draw these
brought up in our culture. We don’t have to bring her up like English children
all the children were treated so that it wouldn’t interfere with their culture
and belief. The children become confused and don’t know what to believe. The
things they’re taught in school or the things they’re taught at home. Since the
number of foreign children are increasing I suggest that religion-classes are
that way the child would be much less confused.
Yours Mr. Iqbal
More than 3000 schools all over the country have been invited to join a
The Golden Earthworm is rewarded with a trip up the Amazonas with a visit to the
original inhabitants of the rainforest. A few days after this note was written
micro-organisms of the earth which produces compost, not the earthworms, and one
there’s not enough food for them.