[EDLING:112] Minorities in North Iraq Lose Out in Education
Francis M. Hult
fmhult at DOLPHIN.UPENN.EDU
Sun May 13 13:34:00 UTC 2007
Minorities in North Iraq Lose Out in Education
Kirkuk, North Iraq -- Tara Emad, 10, walks home after class, singing a song in
her native Kurdish that she recently learnt at school.
The scene would have been unimaginable just a few years ago. During Saddam's
reign, the only language taught and used in Iraqi schools was Arabic, the
exception being the autonomous Kurdish region, of which Kirkuk - Tara's
hometown - was not a part.
Thousands of children like Tara were deprived of the right to speak and be
educated in their mother tongue, be it Kurdish, Turkoman or Assyrian.
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