Iran has begun to intensify its efforts to recruit children and teach them the Persian language in its areas of influence, especially in northeastern Syria.
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) said on Monday that Iran was deploying all efforts to consolidate its presence in Syria in major aspects of life.
“Iran continues its efforts to strengthen its presence in Syria through attracting the Syrian men, women, youth and children, by instilling its ideology in the Syrian society,” the Observatory said on its website.
In this context, SOHR sources in al-Mayadeen city, the capital of the Iranian forces and their proxy militias in west Euphrates region, have reported that the “Iranian Cultural Center” started a free course dubbed “Bara’em al-Atfal” (Children Buds) for teaching Syrian children Persian language. This is the second course of its kind, as the first one was held in mid-September 2020.
Like the earlier course, the Cultural Center has promised to give cash rewards of one million Syrian pounds each to every children who could pass the Persian language test with an excellent grade. Tens of children headed to the Culture Center, SOHR reported.
In December, SOHR sources said that the Iranian Cultural Center in Deir Ezzor city arranged a trip for school students to “Al-Asdeqaa Park” in Hawija Sakr area, as a part of the Iranians’ attempts to impress residents and instill their ideology in the Syrian society in areas under their control in Deir Ezzor province.
The Iranian Cultural Center in al-Mayadeen launched free evening courses, on Sep. 15, aimed at teaching primary-school students the Persian language. Officials at the Center informed students and their parents that a cash reward of one million Syrian pounds will be given to every children who could pass the Persian language test with an excellent grade.