In me that I must wear my uniform




            In conclusion, wearing uniform in
school and have the same naturel hair style as all girls were difficult
experiences for me as a student who had never studied in a Congolese school
before. But going there helped to understand the equality of both of us
(students). By wearing the same color and having the same style of hair, I
learned that the Congolese academic education is not just about going to school
and have good grades. However, it was also about considering each other as
myself (equal).


Wearing uniforms at school taught me that
we don’t go to school to show how better we are, or how more important we are
than others. However, we go there to learn from other, and to consider each
other equally. In addition, going to studying at a Congolese school helped me
to know and understand how schools can be different not just by their names,
but by their norms, values, and rules (culture).

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            On the first day of school
(Congolese school), I noticed that all students had the same hair style and
color of clothes and shoes as mine. I was asking myself “what’s going on? Where
am I?  I was very surprised and sad to
see that similarity because in French school, it was not like that. There, we
wore different clothes’ and shoes’ colors and different kind of hair style, so
we were so excited to go to school just to show how cute our new clothes and
shoes were and our hair style. Also, we were excited to see who wore better
than others. When I went back home, I told my parents about that and they told
me that I must wear my uniform every day except for special events such as,
school parties. I told my parents that I thought that I would be more
independent by choosing and buying my clothes by myself, so I would make better
choices of style clothes than my mother because she was  not so good on that. My parents laughed at me
and told me that I was independent at home but not in school because I must follow
the school rule of wearing uniform every day as every student and have the same
style. Also, they said: “Yasmine, welcome to the real school life.”         

I did my elementary school at a French
school in Congo.  When I finished my
elementary school, I was so excited because my parents told me that I will
study at a Congolese school. Also, I had an image that a Congolese high school
would be a place of more fun, new clothes every semester, and an independent
life. Also, I knew that when I will be in high school, my parents would not
control my homework and choose my clothes for the day, so I would be an
independent girl. But the only thing I did not notice was that in Congolese high
school, students wore uniforms. When my parents bought a blue skirt, white
shirt, and black shoes for me, I thought it was just normal clothes, but it was
my uniforms. I even told my parents: “you know what? That will be the last time
for you to buy my clothes because I am grown girl now.” They both said: “yes!
You are right, but you have to wear those clothes (uniforms) on the first day
of school to honor us.” Also, they told me to not put anything on my hair and
keep that natural, but I did not know why my parents told me that, so I thought
it was just my mum choices again.

            The academic education in my country,
Congo is different because there are different kind of schools. There are
American schools, French schools and Congolese schools. All those three types
of school have their own academic rules, such as clothes and hair style. In
Congolese school, students wear uniforms (white shirt, blue skirt for girls and
pants for boys, and black shoes). Also, Girls hair style is the same, so they
must keep their naturel hair without braid.  However, in French and American schools,
students wear normal clothes and different shoes, so they don’t allow uniform
for their students. Also, girls can put braid on their hair and choose any kind
of hair style. For Congolese schools, the idea of wearing uniforms at school is
good, but for me as a student, who had studied at a different school, wearing
uniforms was frustrating because I felt like I was lost. However, it was good
because I learned about the academic education culture of my country (Congo).

Congolese School Education