Tuesday, 22 November 2011

Ahwaz:Nazi-style persecution does not end at the school gates. There are additional humiliations confronting Ahwazi children in Iranian classrooms with the oppressive teaching and humiliating tenets of racial biology that humiliates them and designates them as racially inferior.
Discrimination against school students in Ahwaz is still as rife as ever. For years, children have been victims of the ethnic cleansing program that has seen Iran persecuting and destroying the lives and lands of native Arabs. Nazi-style persecution means that Ahwazi children are required to have their heads shaved so as to physically distinguish the poor Arabs from the wealthier persians.

Racism and persecution is not only apparent in the physical differences. There are additional humiliations confronting Ahwazi children in Iranian classrooms with the oppressive teaching and humiliating tenets of racial biology that humiliates them and designates them as racially inferior.This only causes more hostility and bullying from other students. Children from Arab families are forced to sit at the back of the classrom and are given dirty chores to do. A recent video posted on the internet by the EAHRO shows that instead of being taught the persian language, the ahwazi children who fail to understand it are beaten by their belligerant teachers who also humiliate them further by forcing the ahwazi children to beat each other. This is deeply worrying as as it is common knowledge that education is an important element in poverty reduction and economic participation. Amjad Taha, the Press Spokesperson for the EAHRO stated "This is one of many examples of how Ahwazi children are direct victims of the brutal regime". He also called for the teacher in the video footage to be bought to justice.
It is well known that the Ahwazi's have an illiteracy rate 4 times the national average. And unemployment is 6 times the national average. The dropout rate of Ahwazi students is 32% during elementary school, 51% during secondary school and 70% during high school. Only one out of 4 Ahwazi students graduate from high school. Sumaiya Faruq a member of the EAHRO recently reported that these numbers are increasing as more and more parents are forced to remove their children from Iranian schools due to the atrocious abuse of human rights. If Ahwazi children are denied education, the future for the upcoming generation of Ahwazi Arabs remains hopeless and bleak.

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