Learning in Kuwait
Universal education was introduced to Kuwait in the 1950s. Before the advent of the oil boom, only the wealthier urban Kuwaiti families could send their children to school. In addition, the only schools available were religious schools that concentrated on recitation and memorization of the Qur'an or Koran, the Islamic holy book. Most Kuwaiti children who could not attend these schools were illiterate, learning from their families what they needed to survive. Many elderly Kuwaitis remain illiterate despite government efforts to provide schooling
Since the arrival of oil wealth, the government has expanded education. Schooling is free from kindergarten to college or university level and is compulsory for children aged six to fourteen. Schools in Kuwait are generally segregated, and are well-attended by both girls and boys. The school day starts with morning prayers at about 8:00 a.m. and runs until noontime prayers. Arabic is the official language of Kuwait and is the language of study in all government-run schools. All Kuwaiti students learn English from the age of ten, as it is required in some university level programs. English is also used in most private schools for foreigners.

 The University of Kuwait was established in 1966 and employs many expert foreign staff. In addition, Kuwaiti students are encouraged to study abroad and return home with valued expertise. Foreign study is paid for by the Kuwaiti State.


 
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Welfare benefits for Kuwaitis are extensive. They enjoy free education, free health care and pensions for the aged, the disabled and widows. Benefits to Kuwaitis also include subsidized food and very low interest house loans which are forgiven in some cases for married couples. 

 
Private schools supplement official state schools. These schools teach the children of foreign families working in Kuwait. In addition to these private schools, some traditional religious schools exist. These schools, called Madrassahs, are often associated with mosques, and provide both full-time and supplementary education.