Al-Hurra TV report sheds light on teaching of Syriac language in North and East Syria

ZALIN, Syria — On the occasion of International Mother Language Day, Al-Hurra TV prepared a detailed report on teaching the Syriac language in the schools of the Democratic Autonomous Administration (DAA) of North and East Syria. The report touched on the work of the Olaf Taw Association, which is preparing teachers to teach the Syriac language in the DAA schools.

Co-Chair of Olaf Taw Association Josephine Sawme explained to Al-Hurra TV that in the Syrian regime’s schools the Syriac language is forbidden.

“In private Syriac schools affiliated with the churches, it is allowed to teach one subject in the Syriac language within the Arab curriculum,” said Sawme, indicating that this subject is restricted only to hymns and the Syriac alphabet.

“Currently, we seek to teach all subjects of the curricula in the Syriac language in the DAA schools,” she added. “We are pressuring to introduce more Syriac subjects in the private schools affiliated with churches.”