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ELEVENTH ANNUAL REPORT.
It is a matter of much satisfaction that the effect of our instruction is noticeable in our pupils. Unfortunately, their attainments do not always procure them the advancement they merit. Government posts are not accessible to Jews here, and the benefits conferred on the pupil while at school do not sufficiently aid him. in his endeavours later on in life. For his self-culture, however, his studies are of the greatest assistance, and whatever may be his condition in after-life, he has every reason to feel most grateful to the Societies that educated him and placed it in his power to raise himself above the level of his more unfortunate fellows. At school our pupils are generally very intelligent and studious. They do not give the slightest trouble. They seem to understand what they owe to the sympathy and charitable love of those Societies that send them instructors, and they give a willing ear to those whom they readily acknowledge as their superiors and their well-wishers. There is no playing and gossiping in class: close attention to their tasks distinguishes our pupils. Oar work produces good fruit, and this is not owing merely to the zeal of the masters, but to the earnest attention and patient study of our pupils.
In this school the most scrupulous cleanliness is expected. I had to give my pupils many a lecture before they were quite convinced of the necessity of using soap every day (for it is the custom here to use soap only on Friday afternoon). Continual exhortation and active vigilance have, however, overcome all repugnance to soap and water, and I am happy to say the children come to school very clean, which is a most
astonishing
thing to say
of Bagdad.
Their general conduct,
both in school and at home, is very much improved. It is the custom here for parents to complain to the teacher of their children's conduct when it is not satisfactory at home, and the teacher inflicts such correction, or gives such counsel as the case may require. In the streets, too, their appearance owes something of its neatness to the influences exercised by the school. Our pupils pride themselves in belonging to the Universal Israelitish Alliance school, and endeavour to conduct themselves in a manner worthy of its great name.
It remains but to speak of their life when they have left school, and to see what effect their school training has upon them.
It is to be feared that on the removal of the pupil from school the influence of the teacher is soon forgotten. The pupil soon merges into his surroundings. His parents never think of washing every morning, and he soon gets tired of what he learns to deem an unnecessary and irksome exercise. His
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