New school year starts in autonomously governed northeast Syria
As the new school year in the Kurdish-led Autonomous Administration of North and East Syria (AANES) began today, the Education Board of AANES announced that over 860,000 students are expected to attend school in the region.
Samira Haj Ali, the co-chair of the Education Board, said the number of schools across AANES areas has reached 4,130, and more than 43,000 tutors will be teaching in the new term.
She noted that the board coordinates with several organizations for the training of teachers at elementary schools and that the training involves the introduction of methods for children's interaction in class and development of understanding skills.
The multi-language curriculum in the region has been revised to include Kurdish in the course of reforms implemented under AANES, a de facto autonomous administration established during the Syrian civil war.
The Kurdish language was earlier systematically marginalized and excluded from education by Syrian authorities, depriving Kurds of education in their mother language.
The educational reforms, implemented by AANES, focuses on providing education in mother languages, including Arabic, Kurdish, Armenian and Syriac, with the objective of promoting and supporting cultural identity in local communities.
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