Imagine her mum Shahana’s surprise when she opened a later copy of Y to see her daughter named as the winner of our Back to School competition, after impressing our managing editor, Felicity, with a heartfelt letter about her English teacher.
Most impressive was that Enaas had only switched to an English-language school a year ago.
We had been flooded with entries for our Back To School competition from as far away as Sur, with children telling us in 100 words or less about their favourite teacher.
“I love her so much because she looks pretty. When she is in the class I’m not afraid to ask or say anything in her classroom”, Enaas wrote of her old English teacher, Miss Zainab.
This week, Enaas and her proud mum popped in Y’s offices in Seeb to pick up her RO500 winnings, which is to be used to help pay towards her tuition fees at Al Wattayah Private School, Amerat branch, where she is a 4th grade pupil.
“I was so surprised when I saw that Enaas had won,” says Shahana, who has two other children, both boys.
“She told me about the competition when I came back from India. She is very interested in writing and really enjoys English. And she was always telling us about her English teacher. “
Enaas said it took her around two days to compose the letter, in which she talks about how her teacher also tells them about “things of life, like sharing and caring, and to be the best in everything we do.”
Her favourite subjects are English and Science, she says.
And Miss Zainab is still her favourite teacher, although she is no longer in her class. “She is very beautiful and kind,” says Enaas, who has ambitions to be a doctor when she grows up. “I would like to say ‘Thank you’ to her for helping me.”
Her mother says the RO500 would be of huge assistance as both her sons, aged seven and five, also attend the same private school as their big sister, so the family needs to find fees for three children.
“Not many people in Oman are interested in their children learning English but I want all my children to learn it. I think it’s better for their future. They can go anywhere then.”
As for Enaas, she hopes to later study abroad and then return to be a doctor in Oman.
“I am very happy,” she says with a bashful smile.