NINEVEH PLAINS, Iraq — On Wednesday, the General Directorate of Syriac Study in Iraq held its 9th Educational Conference for Syriac Language Curricula and Christian Education at the Mar Gorgis Cultural Educational Center in Bashiqa district in the Nineveh Plains, Iraq.
The conference, titled “Role of Educational Institution in Developing and Building Human Capacity According to Modern Methods”, was organized under the patronage of Minister of Education Ali Hamid al-Dulaimi and supervision of General Directorate of Syriac Study in Iraq Imad Salem Jajo.
The conference came as a part of the implementation of the 2022 annual plan of the General Directorate. It was attended by Christian clergy, a group of teachers and supervisors specialized in the Syriac language and Christian religious education, as well as a number of academics, researchers, and those interested in the Syriac language. The directors of the Syriac Study Departments in Nineveh Plains and public officials were also in attendance.
At the beginning of the conference, Jajo delivered a speech in which he referred to the great efforts in cooperation between educational and teaching cadres and the departments of educational institutions and media institutions. He also stressed the important role of religious institutions and civil society organizations in working together in preparing and holding the conference.
Holding the conference in Bashiqa district to support the Syriac schools is important, he added, given the increasing demand for Syriac language education.
The conference included two sessions discussing four research papers about the requirements of Syriac education, the difficulties facing language teachers, the basis of Syriac education in public schools, and the expanding of the skills of active class and role of conversation in learning the Syriac language. The importance of including the Syriac language in the ministerial exams was also touched on.