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Houthis Hound Sanaa Deputies to Establish Fund for Sectarian Education

Houthis Hound Sanaa Deputies to Establish Fund for Sectarian Education

Tuesday, 12 February, 2019 - 10:45
The Houthis are trying to impose a sectarian curriculum in Sanaa. (Reuters)
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The Houthi militias are pressing lawmakers in Sanaa to pass a law to create a fund to support sectarian curricula at public education schools, insider sources revealed.

The Iran-backed militias, according to the sources, are aiming to gather money to spend on printing Khomeini-inspired literature and hiring academics for Yemeni public teaching institutions in Houthi-held Sanaa.

The education minister in the Houthi’s self-proclaimed government, Yahya al-Houthi is pressing Sanaa deputies to pass the law for establishing a specialized fund, which could help in advancing the coup group’s ideological project in the country.

With that being said, the Houthis have stopped paying the salaries of some 135,000 teachers in areas under their control, prompting many of them to quit and look for other jobs.

Houthis moved to replace resigned teachers with thousands of the group’s own sectarian-driven educators.

More so, the militias have turned school walls and classrooms into billboards for propaganda posters glorifying death, transforming dozens of schools in Sanaa into brainwashing centers designed to recruit Yemeni youth as cannon fodder to be dispensed into the insurgency’s war effort.

As part of its efforts to destroy academia in Yemen, Houthis resorted to imposing a monthly-paid fee on parents in order permit their continued education, in a flagrant violation of Yemen’s constitutionally-guaranteed free public education.

Yemeni Information Minister Moammar al-Eryani, serving in the internationally-recognized government based in Aden, accused the Houthis of driving Yemeni children to abandon education and join the militia ranks.

Eryani said schools in the Maran district of Saada province, the birthplace of the Houthis militia movement, served as the initial recruitment centers for the insurgency.

In a series of tweets, he voiced his deep concerns over the education situation in the country now that militias have taken control of thousands of schools in Sanaa and other areas under their control.

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