Two days ago, the Bedoon of Kuwait were shocked again with news informing them that their kids will be denied registration in schools if they do not carry the IDs issued by the Central Agency. This comes without acknowledging the fact that many of the Bedoon are denied any sort of documentation by the Central Agency. The procedure was also seen as a way to force the Bedoon to accept the new identification system that put them in two groups; eligible for citizenship or illegible. If the Bedoon obey this new system, this will mean that they are giving up on their right to citizenship. It also means they will be forced to come up with foreign passports, if needed, to get their kids enrolled in schools. The past few days witnessed a lot of arguing on how the Central Agency is conducting its policies.
Kuwaiti authorities have been lying to international media about granting education for the Bedoon. In reality, the Bedoon who get education expenses covered are getting the money from charities and every year, they wait the Awqaf ministry to confirm whether they will get the charity money needed for their education. As for this policy of terrorizing Bedoon about their school registration, here are four reports from four different years that show how the Central Agency every year practices the same horror against the Bedoon.
On 22 August 2008, Al-Rai newspaper published a report saying that the birth report given by hospitals to Bedoon families when their children are born, are now considered official and good enough for school registration . The same newspaper, two years after, published another report saying the same decision was made allover again! Last year, former MP Askar Al-Enizi said that ministry of Education will accept the birth hospital reports for Birth registration. However, the ending result comes with the recent decision announced by Mohammed Al-Dashes from the ministry of education saying there will be no registration with those birth reports, but only with IDs issued by the Central agency.
This of course comes against the Universal Human Rights declaration which Kuwait signed on. In Article 26, section one, the declaration reads: Everyone has the right to education. Education shall be free, at least in the elementary and fundamental stages. Elementary education shall be compulsory. Technical and professional education shall be made generally available and higher education shall be equally accessible to all on the basis of merit.