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Sun, 08 Dec 2019 18:11 GMT

Lebanese Pupils Protest Flawed Curriculum

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7Dnews London - AFP

Fri, 22 Nov 2019 00:57 GMT

Several hundred school pupils protested on Thursday November 21st outside the education ministry in Lebanon against what they described as an outdated curriculum that has no mention about the multi-confessional country's 15-year civil war.

The protest in the capital Beirut was the latest in an anti-government movement to have erupted across Lebanon since October 17, according to AFP.

"Our history books need to be thrown out," said 16-year-old Jana Jezzine, while one of her classmates made a show of burning a schoolbook, France 24 has reported.

Failure to reach a consensus over a common version of the 1975-1990 civil war has promoted authors to completely omit that period from the curriculum.

Similarly, textbooks make no mention of significant events afterwards, such Israeli troops' withdrawal from southern Lebanon in 2000 or the popular uprisings that ended Syria's military presence in 2005.

Eighteen-year-old Aya Haider complained that although she had endlessly studied the First and Second World Wars, she had been taught almost nothing of her country's recent history.

"I know nothing about the civil war," she told AFP, in a country where each religious community has its own version of historical events.
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