Iran Messing with Yemen’s Education System – IMPACT-se

The combination of the textbooks' graphic depiction of deceased children, prevalent hatred, glorification of violence as the only solution for resolving conflicts, the indoctrination of children to sacrifice their lives

Republican Yemen

A recent report by Institute for Monitoring Peace and Cultural Tolerance in School Education (IMPACT-se) spotlighted educational materials taught in areas under the control of Houthi rebels, Iran’s proxy in Yemen, and the role educational materials play in spreading hatred, violence, and glorification of Jihad.

The report, entitled ‘Review of Houthi Educational Materials in Yemen 2015–19’, indicated that the education materials taught by Houthis run contrary to UNESCO standards of peace and tolerance and are unacceptable in any society, as they are full of violent and graphic content and anti-American hatred.

The IMPACT-se 54-page report explains that the Iranian curriculum, spread among its proxies, teaches children the importance of “uniting the Muslims against Western enemies” after “education became a focal point for Tehran’s empire builders.”

It also shed light on “tactics of Iran’s Revolutionary Guards” used across the Arab World, referring to the situation in Yemen before 2015 and how Iran, through its proxy (Houthis), caused deadly chaos in the country.

“Determined to take advantage of perceived Arab weakness, Iranian Islamists falsely dubbed the pro-democracy uprisings wave as an “Islamic Awakening” rather than “Arab Spring,” and began to arm and direct radical groups they had recruited as viable proxies within the chaotic power vacuum, the report said. “This was followed by fomenting civil, sectarian and ethnic wars and insurgencies.”

The report indicated that Yemen seemed to be somewhat safe from Iran’s destructive agenda in the aftermath of the Arab spring, yet things have taken an unexpected turn.

“Until 2014, Yemen was considered an exception to the disappointing developments of the Arab Spring,” the report said.

“Yemen appeared to be an exception. In cooperation with the United Nations and the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries, President Ali Abdullah Saleh stepped down peacefully in November 2011. The National Dialogue Conference later followed, culminating in an agreement by all parties to make Yemen a federal nation. Potential separatists in the north and south were still clamoring for more power, but a ray of hope appeared to be on the horizon.”

Now that the Iran-backed Houthi militia has a grip on most of north Yemen, experts believe that the future of Yemen seems even gloomier for the next generations to come.


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