While education is developing in Saudi Arabia, kids still don’t have the programs that can help them discover their potential skills and talents. Most kids waste their time during after school time either watching TV or playing video games at home. Having an after school program would be a very positive addition learning in Saudi Arabia.
The concept of after school programs is not well developed in Saudi Arabia with very few programs available in the kingdom. According to Hirsch (year), After school programs have shown results of improved “homework completion, better test scores, higher grades, and even better psychological development of the student”. This is the main project that I will pursue as soon as I get back home. I am going back to Saudi Arabia in July 2012. My project will commence as an after school program by September 2013.
In the USA, after school programs have seen a tremendous growth in the recent decade. According to an estimate by Afterschool Alliance (2009), “at least 6 million ( eleven percent) of school-age youth regularly participated in after-school programs during School Year 2002-2003”. The numbers of after school programs participants have increased lately with about 8.4 million K‐12 children (roughly fifteen-percent) attending afterschool Programs by 2009 (Afterschool Alliance, 2009).
There are a many good reasons why parents want their children to attend after-school programs. Primarily, Carver and Iruka (2006) believe that these programs “provide diverse services such as academic instruction, cultural enrichment, safe places to stay, and adult supervision for children “. ...Show more