Syrian Opposition Coalition – Syria
Department of Media and Communications
July 16, 2020
The Syrian Opposition Coalition reaffirms its rejection and denunciation of attempts for cultural and ideological distortion being carried out by the PKK and PYD militias and their various arms in the areas they occupy in Syria.
Many households in the area refuse to send their children to these schools for fear of ignorance and distorted education being practiced by the PYD militia. The people’s objections of these attempts expressed their real concern about the social divisions these curricula would cause among the people of the region; the hatred they would sow; and the threats of fragmenting the Syrian geography, whether with regard to imposing the teachings and concepts of the PKK terrorist group on schoolchildren, or by seeking to distort history and redraw geography up to violating the basic right to education that is consistent with one’s culture and civilization.
The ruining of education being practiced by this alien militia is a more distorted version than the Assad regime did through fifty years of tyranny. It is basically a continuation of the ideological distortion that was practiced by ISIS but in another direction. The new educational curricula incite violence; instill terror in children; and champions terrorists such as the PKK leader Abdullah Ocalan by dubbing him “the number one teacher.”
These militias and the organizations backing them continue to complete the projects of displacement and demographic change by all means at their disposals. In addition to harassment, the various restrictions, and forced recruitment, these militias target the Syrian society through its educational institutions and seek to distort the generation through misconceptions that are hostile to our civilization, culture, values and language.
The Syrian people’s struggle for freedom will not end until Syria is fully liberated from all forms of occupation, terrorism, domination, and tyranny.