The compilation of “Self-governing schools” book

After collaborating in Dr. Homa Hoodfar’s research project in 2004 on the activities of immigrant women in Iran as “Women, Religion and the Afghan education movement in Iran”.  And considering that I was worried about losing the experience and records of teachers and administrators of self-governing schools, I started the project of writing the book of self-governing schools in 2006 with the cooperation of Dr. Homa Hoodfar and the financial support of Concordia University of Canada. In this project, which lasted until 2009, I collected and recorded the records from the majority of the schools. Considering that in past years I was in charge of distributing textbooks, Red Rose magazine and students’ computer transcripts and that I was closely acquainted with most of the self-governing school principals, they cooperated with me very well in collecting the data of this book. The book was defined in eight chapters, based on information that was collected from 385 self-governing schools and their principals throughout Iran, as well as the details of 2,950 teachers in these schools. In-depth interviews were conducted with 120 principals and teachers from these schools and 1000 questionnaires were distributed and filled out among the teachers of these schools. For the video introduction section of these schools, more than 1400 photos were submitted by self governing schools. All the news and newspapers from all of those years about these schools were collected, as well as a few documentaries that somehow dealt with the activities of these schools. The memoirs of more than 400 teachers and principals of these schools were also gathered from them.

I worked hard and paid a lot to write this book, but unfortunately, I could not print it because the activities of these schools were banned in those years. But These days, I am trying to update and publish the book data by the end of this year so that the years of activities of my colleagues in self-governing schools will not be forgotten and will be used by researchers and future generations as a pure and unique experience.

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