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IRAQ – Teachers in the Nineveh province rebel against school programs imposed by jihadists

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(Agenzia Fides) – More than thirty teachers working in the northern Iraqi province of Nineveh, currently under the control of the jihadist Islamic State (Daesh), were stopped and arrested in the last hours for refusing to follow the new education programs imposed by jihadists in the schools of the region. The news of the arrests of “rebel” teachers was reported by local sources to the Kurdish media that monitor the north of Iraq, such as News Agency Ara. The teachers arrested will be judged by the Islamic court established by the jihadist regime, that in Iraq has its stronghold in Mosul. The judicial body may order the replacement of the teachers arrested with more docile teachers.

After the conquest of Mosul and the establishment of the Islamic State, the militants of Daesh have adopted to change the school curriculum to transform education institutions in bases for jihadist indoctrination of the younger generation. Philosophy, chemistry, biology and mathematics lessons have been banned, replaced by courses on Sharia and jihad. As reported by Agenzia Fides (see Fides 13/09/2014), already at the beginning of the school year 2014/2015 schools in Mosul and Nineveh Plain that had Christian names had to change, and the teaching of the Syriac language and culture and that of Christian religious education had been abolished.

The teachers’ revolt is still viewed by observers as a signal of the population’s intolerance towards the regime of the self-proclaimed Caliphate. (GV) (Agenzia Fides 07/01/2016)

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