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Photo Journal/ Weekly Photo Challenge: Foreign – Teaching in Bahrain

The theme for this week’s photo challenge is Foreign as hosted by The Daily Post at WordPress. The first thought that came to my mind when I learned about the theme was the time I was in Bahrain when my being a ‘foreigner’ was distinctly sensed and felt. This was part of the professional development courses that Bahraini teachers were required to attend for a period of two weeks.

I taught the course module Survival and Development in a Global Environment – a two-week course on how teachers can become more effective 21st century educators. It was a demanding module – made even more difficult with the language, cultural, and age barrier between me and my students. I would say that this was one of the most challenging teaching journeys I have ever experienced so far – but also one of the most intensely rewarding. After two weeks, I would like to think that I was able to connect beautifully with my students who are experienced and capable teachers – some have even been in the service for over 30 years, it was a privilege to have worked with them. The entire process of exchanging learning points and discussing polemical issues with them is one I shall never forget and would always treasure.

A visit to DocGelo’s post for the challenge also reminded me to greet our Muslim brothers and sisters a very Happy Hari Raya Haji – a day which marks the end of the pilgrimage to Mecca. This post of mine, I thought, is also quite fitting for today’s celebration. Enjoy your long weekend! 

Foreign in Bahrain

“You cannot teach a man anything, you can only help him find it within himself.”
― Galileo

“No man can reveal to you aught but that which already lies half asleep in the dawning of your knowledge.
The teacher who walks in the shadow of the temple, among his followers, gives not of his wisdom but rather of his faith and his lovingness.
If he is indeed wise he does not bid you enter the house of his wisdom, but rather leads you to the threshold of your own mind.”
― Kahlil GibranThe Prophet

“I never teach my pupils, I only attempt to provide the conditions in which they can learn.”
― Albert Einstein

My Colleagues from Singapore as we prepare to teach at Bahrain Teachers College.

“Teaching is only demonstrating that it is possible. Learning is making it possible for yourself.”
― Paulo CoelhoThe Pilgrimage

With a few of my female students – the angle is not too good but it shows quite distinctly my being ‘foreign’ in this beautiful country.

“My words itch at your ears till you understand them”
― Walt WhitmanSong of Myself

With my male teacher-students in Bahrain.

“I’m not a teacher: only a fellow traveler of whom you asked the way. I pointed ahead – ahead of myself as well as you.”
― George Bernard Shaw

With my colleagues from Singapore as we go out and see a few of the sights during the weekend.

“What is a teacher? I’ll tell you: it isn’t someone who teaches something, but someone who inspires the student to give of her best in order to discover what she already knows.” 
― Paulo CoelhoThe Witch of Portobello

A totally-unexpected gift from my teacher-students in Bahrain. They had this beautifully framed. Was deeply touched upon receiving this.

“There are two kinds of teachers: the kind that fill you with so much quail shot that you can’t move, and the kind that just gives you a little prod behind and you jump to the skies.” 
― Robert Frost

Myra is a Teacher Educator and a registered clinical psychologist based in Al Ain, United Arab Emirates. Prior to moving to the Middle East, she lived for eleven years in Singapore serving as a teacher educator. She has edited five books on rediscovering children’s literature in Asia (with a focus on the Philippines, Malaysia, India, China, Japan) as part of the proceedings for the Asian Festival of Children’s Content where she served as the Chair of the Programme Committee for the Asian Children’s Writers and Illustrators Conference from 2011 until 2019. While she is an academic by day, she is a closet poet and a book hunter at heart. When she is not reading or writing about books or planning her next reads, she is hoping desperately to smash that shuttlecock to smithereens because Badminton Is Life (still looking for badminton courts here at UAE - suggestions are most welcome).

23 comments on “Photo Journal/ Weekly Photo Challenge: Foreign – Teaching in Bahrain

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  2. i have been teaching my profession for 8 years now and it’s been fulfilling. we’re on the same page! however, teaching in bahrain based on this post looks and sounds like interesting!


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  5. Its always the unexpected little cards from students that makes a teacher’s day! Sounds like an interesting experience!


    • Hi Deepa, this was actually a caricature-painting – one of my students moonlights as a cartoonist in one of the major newspapers in the city. They presented this to me in a beautiful glass frame.


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  10. I lived in Bahrain 10 years – you brought memories back and made me miss it even more!


    • It is truly a beautiful country. I think I visited three times if I am not mistaken. 🙂 I enjoyed my brief stay immensely.


  11. TY for sharing these; they are beautiful and we don’t see as much from Bahrain… love them. 😉


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  14. What a great post Myra…I loved it all


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  17. nice cartoon they draw, featuring you,
    the stranger without any veil …
    greetings by


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