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Houthis Introduce Sectarianism to Primary Education

Houthis Introduce Sectarianism to Primary Education

Tuesday, 24 September, 2019 - 08:00
People carry their belongings in Sanaa, Yemen May 16, 2019. REUTERS/Mohamed al-Sayaghi

Yemeni educators collectively said the added sectarianism to school curricula in Houthi-run areas will work to block and remold the minds of youth. Iran-backed Houthis continue to carry out crimes against local schools in areas they run.

On that note, school sources in Sanaa, who requested anonymity, reported Houthis implementing a wide range of changes in curriculums, especially those concerning primary and elementary teaching. Some of the subjects which witnessed the most alterations were Islamic and Quranic studies.

A government official explained how dangerous the Houthi move is, noting that since Yahia Badreddin al-Houthi took over the group’s shadow education ministry, and the Houthification of schools has been moving rapidly in areas under Houthi control.

Houthification of education is implemented through administering sectarian teachings imported from Iran. According to 2010 statistics, this allows the brainwashing of some 5 million students.

A local educator, who refused to be named for security reasons, urged the swift intervention of concerned international bodies to bring the Houthification of education to an end and restore academic integrity.

Instilling sectarianism to school curricula is bound to generate extremism, with activists pointing to the dangers of math books being flooded with death glorifying connotations Houthis are infamous for authoring.

Activists believe that Houthis are working diligently to shake and erase equality, nationality and cultural values and replace it with sectarian racism.

Apart from whitewashing its six-year history of bloodshed in Yemen, the Houthi movement is looking to also recruit youth at schools through altering school curricula.

According to parents of students in Houthi-run areas, the initial phase of change mostly affected the following subjects: Arabic language, history, and Islamic studies.

Observers, for their part, described the militias' change of curriculum as a "dangerous precedent".

Since the militias tightened their grip on the capital Sanaa and other Yemeni regions, they have continued to spread their sectarian ideas, hate speech and a culture of violence among Yemenis of all backgrounds, especially women and children, in an attempt to convince more people into their Iran-inspired sectarian project at the expense Yemeni security and stability.

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