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Yemen’s information minister warns of Houthi curriculum in schools

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Yemen’s Information Minister Muammar al-Iryani warned of the dangers of Houthi militias’ manipulation of school curriculums in the areas under their control that could lead to a generation of extremist leaders.

Al-Iryani said in a tweet that the curriculum the Houthi militia is enforcing on Yemeni children conflicts with the country’s ideas and culture, a plot by the militias to dismantle the social fabric from within.

The minister pointed out that the continued control of the militias in Sanaa and a number of other provinces, along with the imposition of Iranian-influenced ideas in the curriculum, will give rise to a new generation of Yemenis who have strayed from the country’s ideals.

Al-Iryani added that the militia has changed the school curriculum in the areas under their control, where they added articles about the Iranian-backed group and others that serve the Shiite ideology. The new curriculum includes a booklet about the founder Hussein al-Houthi, as well as forcing students to chant Houthi slogans in school and the militias’ events.

In an effort to compensate for the loss of much of their militia, the Houthis have resorted to recruiting children and have lured 2419 children to fight with them since March 2015.