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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - January 20, 1975, Lethbridge, Alberta 18 THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD Monday, January 20, 1975 Koran being re-interpreted Kuwait women shedding archaic garb, customs By AUDREY TOPPING New York Times Service KUWAIT "In Saudi Arabia we are accused of be- jng loose Princess Hussa Al Sabah said with a smile, as she drove her Cadillac past the fashionable French boutiques in down- town Kuwait city. The daughter of Sheikh Sabah Al Salem Al Sabah, the ruling Emir of this oil rich Arab state on the Persian Gulf, was comparing her lifestyle with that of the wealthy women of neighbor- ing Saudi Arabia. "We too obey the laws of the she said. "My husband, for instance, is a very religious man. He prays five times a day, but he still lets me wear a swim suit on the Riviera. And new I am learning to fly a plane." Princess Hussa, a slim, attractive woman of 26, is married to a senior govern- ment official. They have one child. Like many other young women of Kuwait, she insists on a life of her own. The princess, who speaks several languages, studies English literature at the University of Kuwait and, when she so chooses, goes out unescorted to tour the art galleries, shop for her designer clothes or visit her friends. Such freedom for women is unknown in Saudi Arabia where women are forbidden to drive cars or hold office jobs. They may work only as teachers in girls' schools, aides to social workers or as doctors. Women may not mingle with men other than their husbands or relatives in any public place. Even the zoo is open on separate days for men and women. On the street and in the market places of the cities THE BETTER HALF -The Herald- Family and villages, women pass by as dark shadows veiled in black from head to foot. The veil may not be lowered even for a passport photo and photographers are forbidden to take pictures of Saudi women on the street. In Kuwait, some women still wear veils in public in keeping With the older tradition, but it is not obligatory as in Saudi Arabia. For most Kuwait women, the break with the past came in 1956 when a group of them put on a public demonstration and defiantly dropped their veils. In Saudi Arabia, if a Saudi woman dares to venture out without the traditional garb, the Matow'ah, who are the religious police, are em- powered to spray her legs with black paint. Not many years ago women could be whipped for what the Matow'ah considered ex- cessive exposure and those charged with adultery might be stoned to death. Such attitudes toward women are colliding, however, with the efforts of the Saudi government to modernize swiftly and, with its billions of dollars in oil revenues, to develop the structure of the society. The government is under pressure to enlarge the role of women simply because many of its ambitious programs are being frustrated by a critical shor- tage of manpower. By Barnes "Guess who dropped by to see you, dirty-ears. Your old school teacher." Kuwait, which suffers from the same lack of manpower, years ago turned to its women, granting them the right to enter the civil service. Kuwait leaders are trying to insulate young women and men from the corruptions of the West and a superabun- dance of money by emphasiz- ing ethics drawn from the Koran and the traditions of their Bedouin forefathers, who a few decades ago lived in desert tents. In Saudi Arabia, there is the same effort to blend traditional values with Western innovations, and to enjoy the best of both worlds. "We believe great wealth and moral righteousness can co a prominent sheikh said, "but we must be ex- tremely careful to protect our young people from corrup- tion." For Saudi women, this has meant seclusion, no political rights, and, until King Faisal intervened, no schooling. King Faisal, who mounted the throne in 1964, is a Moslem fundamentalist and the chief protector of the Islam faith in the Arab world. When he sought to introduce education for women, he was bitterly op- posed by religious conser- vatives. He finally declared there was no law in the Koran barring such education and opened schools for girls. In some areas, he had to back up his decree with a show of military force. Today, there are as many schools for girls as for boys but none are coed. SILLY SANDWICH HALIFAX (CP) A peanut butter, orange and cream cheese sandwich may sound like a gooey mess, but kids love it and it's a great way to satisfy their sweet tooth without exposing it to decay- causing sugar. The concoc- tion, known as a "silly was served during a dental health fair at nearby Terence Bay. The fair was put on by the Terence Bay Mobile Dental Clinic, a travelling dentists' office operated by the Dalhousie University school of dentistry. BERNARD CORDUKES AND JENNIFER POWLESLAND, BOTH 2, SHARING TOYS AT NURSERY Observation nursery teaches parenting By KATHIE MacLEAN Herald Staff Writer Both parents and children can benefit from Mobile Parent Obser- vation Nursery, now in its third week of operation in the Lethbridge area. The pilot program, which is fund- ed by a Local Initiatives Projects grant of is designed to increase skills in 'parenting', im- prove human relations within the family and give children oppor- tunities to discover their creativity through unstructured play. Because she believes there is a strong need among mothers of pre school children for education in 'parenting', Jean Kuijt, co or- dinator of the program, has applied to the city's preventive social ser- vices department for permanent funding. The cost to continue the observa- tion nursery project, in a program to start Sept. 1 and run until March 30, is of which would be met by the city of Lethbridge. All preventive social services programs are funded under an 80 20 per cent sharing agreement between provin- cial and municipal governments: The Mobile Parent Observation Nursery would require as a total operating budget, if the project were to operate for a full year. Tom Hudson, superintendent of social planning for the city, says the Community Services Advisory Board won't be reviewing applications for PSS funding until at least Jan. 29. Ms. Kuijt, a former co ordinator of the U of L day care centre, says the current LIP grant is just "seed money" to get things started and show the prospective permanent funders the nursery in operation. Because the nursery is 'mobile', the major requirement is space. "We hope to run a full program in various parts of the city and com- munity." At the end of the second week of the program, Ms. Kuijt counts 36 mothers actively involved; -12 volunteers; three staff members; and 80 children. Because of the limited budget the nursery's mode of transportation is the Kuijt's family car which is usually loaded to the top with big wooden cranes, climbing equipment, a jungle gym, set of three wagons, table toys, puzzles and wooden blocks. "Our idea is to provide equipment that mothers don't have at she says. The program, which is aimed toward all mothers of pre schoolers, comprises one morning a week for 10 weeks at a cost of Although the program will be con-. ducted in any area served by Lethbridge of the Barons Eureka Health Unit that can supply space, plus three volunteers, it is currently being focused in Coaldale, Har- dieville, Picture Butte and Lethbridge. Ms. Kuijt says the Monday group in Coaldale is full, but openings re- main for Tuesday in the Hardieville school gymnasium; Wednesday in the Picture Butte library; Thur- sday, First United Church; and Fri- day in Southminster United Church. The Friday nursery is a special program for 'new" mothers 'with in- fants six months and under. "This class is designed to give new mothers a bit of a follow up to the pre natal classes sponsored by the VON." Lynda Becklund, who teaches pre natal classes through the VON, says a program for new mothers can be beneficial. "So many women work just prior to having a child and for most, it's quite a shock to be suddenly at home all the time." She says social contacts are made through the nursery, giving new mothers encouragement in child rearing. The 'dual purpose' nursery provides children with the oppor- tunity to play with others and, at the same time, gives parents a chance to.learn more about the needs and development of their children. Ms. Kuijt explains that while the children are playing under the supervision of staff member Eudena Smith and volunteer workers, parents gather in a group to discuss some of the problems they have en- countered. Discussions may include discipline, learning, ages and stages and fears. "There is no set list of topics." In the nursery setting, "no one tells the children what to Ms. Kuijt. says firmly. "The adults set the limits, with the only ruling: no one is to interfere with others. We're all free, you're not to interfere with my freedom and I'm not to interfere with yours." She believes play is the work of a child and has strong feelings against all types of structured educational systems. She feels the school systems need improving and "what better place is there to start than in a nursery." "Through play, children learn to keep house and look after each other. They play at real life. If they see people writing or reading, they become a part of their play as well." "Children don't learn when sitting still they learn very little by being passive. I hope children don't have to be in a structured Grade 1 class. The idea is to have as many ex- periences as possible." She admits, though, that some Grade 1 teachers are having the children learn by doing and, ac- cording to her standards, some schools are improving. Community calendar The Ladies of the Pem- mican Club will hold a whist game Tuesday at p.m. in the club room, 9th Street and 5th Avenue South. Cash prizes and lunch. The 1914 -18 War Veterans Association will meet Tues- day at 2 p.m. in the Legion Memorial Hall. Lethbridge Community College Faculty Wives Association will meet Wednesday at 8 p.m. at the Lethbridge Public Library to view the video tape presenta- tion Forgotten Women, spon- sored by Women's Place. Social hour will follow at the home of Janet Alston, 2514 20th Ave. S. Xi Iota, Beta Sigma Phi, will meet Tuesday at the of Jean Nielsen, 1625 Lakeside Road, at 8 p.m. Gladys Simons will give the program, High Moments of History. The Original Pensioners and Senior Citizens Society will hold their monthly meeting in the Civic Centre Wednesday at 2 p.m. Members will bid farewell to Rev. T. King, long time member. Entertain- ment and lunch will be provided. An election of officers for the Senior Citizens Central Council will be held Jan. 27 at p.m. in Southminster Hall. All senior citizens' organizations and groups interested in senior citizens' affairs are urged to attend. The Pincher Creek Curling Club will be holding its annual ladies' curling bonspiel Feb. For registration please call Shirley Barclay at 627- 4187 or Ginny Reed at 627- 4059. ATTENTION HAIRSTYLING PATRONS Effective February Prices will increased in the following salons to or above a suggested minimum of: HAIRCUTS 4.00 PHERMS SHAMPOO AND SET Increase on Preterit COLORS FROSTING COMBOUTS Short Hair Long Hair 4.00 These prices are a suggested minimum and not necessarily the price set for each salon. Approved By LETMMME HAIRSTYLISTS ASSOCIATION BONNYOALE BEAUTY SALON HAIR HUT yiKIW MTEMMTMMUl HAMtmiM JOHN'S KAUTY SALON JOSEPH'S HAM STYLES BEAUTHMJE BEAUTY SALON I ft J HAIMTYUN8 LOVELY LAOY HAUTY SALON MUMED SKMVE HAM FASHIONS LERON'S HAM STYLES THERESA KAUTY SALON HOUSE OF OEAUTY CLASSIC COIFFURES BEAUTY SOX MARQUIS KAUTY SALON STYLE-RITE KAUTY SALON LAKEVIEW SEAVTV SALON NORTH PLAZA BEAUTY SALON WOMAN'S WORLD BEAUTY SALON TIARA BOUTIQUE SOUTH PLAZA BEAUTYSAION NMHMEUE COIFFURES It an appointiiMnt to and can't be kept, ptoaaa tnoneiisandc THANK YOU. phoiM in and caned It tor othar clients could uaa them. THANK LETHBRIDQE HAIRSTYLISTS ASSOCIATION ;