المرصد السوري لحقوق الانسان
The Syrian Observatory For Human Rights

Autonomous Administration-held areas | Education collapses and child labour prevails, as residents refuse curricula and political affiliations

Areas under the control of the Autonomous Administration experience deteriorating education, despite the considerable attention paid by the Autonomous Administration and educational organizations.

 

Curricula in Autonomous Administration-controlled areas is taught only in Kurdish in Kurdish controlled areas, while in Arab-controlled areas, curricula is taught in both Arabic and Kurdish.

 

It is worth noting that many residents refuse to send their children to schools affiliated to the Autonomous Administration for several reasons some of which can be summerised in the following:

 

  • Some consider these schools’ curricula too “ideological” and do not accept that.

 

  • Some others see the recent teachers not qualified and that their educational experience is not quite enough.

 

  • People affiliated to various political spectrums also see that the curricula adopts ideas and view of the “Kurdistan Workers’ Party”

 

  • The certifications are not recognized in areas outside the control of the Autonomous Administration. Accordingly, the students will face uncertain future, as their certifications will be useless if they move to another area or another country.

 

 Moreover, military powers control some educational centres.

 

On October 22, SOHR activists monitored a vigil in front of the cultural centre in Al-Hasakah city, as students, educational and administrative staffs protested the seizure of schools by Syria Democratic Forces and the deprivation of children from education. The demonstrators lifted placards with slogans written on them read “No to turning our schools into prisons” and “Our schools are for us… Leave them”.

 

On the other hand, the provinces of Al-Raqqah and Deir Ezzor experienced protests and vigils demanding the change of recent curricula ratified by the Autonomous Administration this year.

 

The residents’ rejection of sending their children to schools led to the prevalent of child labour in Autonomous Administration-held areas, especially with the deteriorating living conditions in the region.

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