Gulf European Centre for Human Rights
GECHR condemns the Iranian impact on the education in Syria
26th November 2018
The year 2018 witnessed remarkable Iranian activity in terms of the intellectual and cultural invasion of the Syrian educational institution through the establishment of a number of Iranian schools and the establishment of a number of Iranian universities in Syria, besides the signing of several cooperation agreements and Memorandums of Understanding within the educational sector between Tehran and Damascus. The latest of which was announced by the Iranian Minister of Science, Research and Technology, Mansour Gholami, this month, Iran's intention to open a branch of the Modares University in Syria.
According to Masar Research and Studies, three Iranian schools have been opened in eastern Syria, two Persian-language schools promoting Shiite thought in the Syrian coast along with paying $20 per student per month, opening five branches of Iranian universities in Damascus and providing scholarships to Syrian students while the student in Syria are denied to study at the official language in the country after the end of the war in some areas of Syria.
The civil society organisations in Syria pointed out that these schools are a systematic action to strike Syrian society with the aim of promoting extremism among the young generation between the ages of 8 and 14. The civil society organisations continued to add that the Syrian regime instead of providing educational opportunities in the country, the regime granted the Iranians permission to set up schools to teach the Iranian curriculum in Syria. This is a kind of Iranian invasion of the education sector in Syria.
The Gulf European Centre for Human Rights believes that the Iranian aims to affect the cultural identity in Syria through their schools which linked to the Iranian authorities’ ideological attitude.
GECHR believe in educational relationship between countries and societies, but the current Iranian policy is focused on effecting culture and educational system in Syria through promoting radical religion to young students. Hence, Gulf European centre strongly condemns the Iranian policy to affect the Syrian education system through establishing schools and branch of universities in Syria, mainly in the areas that was suffering from the civil war since 2011.