Tag: Iran

Iran Reduces Kurdish Teacher’s Sentence

Zara Mohammadi, a Kurdish language teacher and linguistic advocate in Iran who was sentenced to ten years in prison for her work, has recently had her sentence reduced to five years. According to Rudaw, a Kurdish news network, Mohammadi’s sentence reduction comes as Iran faces mounting pressure from the international community over suppression of the Kurdish people in the...

Iran Bans English From Primary Schools, Citing “Cultural Invasion”

Iran has announced that English would no longer be taught in primary schools after Islamic leaders warned that early exposure to English would help facilitate a “cultural invasion.” Iran’s Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, has previously expressed concern over speaking English. The ban comes as a particular surprise, as many Iranians study and speak English. Proficiency levels, however, have been...

Murals Teach Education is Not a Crime

Changing the World, One Wall at a Time is a new documentary on Education Is Not a Crime—the world’s largest street art and human rights campaign, which raises awareness about education apartheid by Iran’s government against tens of thousands of Bahá’ís in the country through murals. The film, produced by...

Iran and the U.S. Look Forward to Academic Exchange

While the nuclear deal between Iran and the P5+1 countries (China, France, Russia, U.K., U.S. and Germany) dominated the news cycle in July, other important diplomatic developments are occurring between Iran and the U.S. The Institute for International Education (IIE) released a report on U.S.-Iran academic relations in the context of warming diplomacy between the two countries after thirty...
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