07/07/2020

Olaf Taw Foundation expanding Syriac language curricula in North and East Syria

ZALIN (QAMISHLI), Syria – In a statement to SuroyoTV, Co-Chair of the Olaf Taw Foundation Jalinos Eissa, a Syriac organization working towards ensuring a future for the Syriac language in Syria, stated that the foundation is currently focused on preparing the Syriac language curricula in the regions of the Democratic Autonomous Administration (DAA). So far, the foundation has completed translating the books of the Syriac language curricula up to the 9th grade.

“Olaf Taw Foundation has so far completed the translation of 1st through 9th grade curricula into the Syriac language to introduce them to the schools of the Administration,” stated Eissa.

“Last year we were able to introduce two subjects into private schools: Syriac language and Syriac music for the 1st and 2nd grades. Recently, we have been working hard to introduce the 3rd and 4th grades in the coming academic year 2020-2021,” he added.

“The foundation is ready to send its teachers to teach the Syriac curricula in the Syriac language,” Eissa concluded.

The idea behind the establishment of Olaf Taw was to create an all-encompassing secular education and language organization free from the oppressive, assimilative, and Arabist ideologies of status-quo regimes of the Middle East. The Olaf Taw Association includes a language institute that prepares Syriac schoolbooks, trains teachers, gives language lessons, and organizes cultural language activities.