The head of the Afghan children’s House in Iran in an interview with the Bashgah Khabarnegaran Javan:
Persian is lost in Afghanistan among other languages like English and Arabic.
The founder of the Afghanistan Children’s Home said: “In Afghanistan, Persian is now lost among other languages and English and Arabic languages are mostly used.”
26 October 2016
Mr. Nader Musavi, the head of the Afghan Children’s House in Iran, in an interview with a reporter from the Afghanistan department of the Bashgah Khabarnegaran Javan, described the activities of this center: In 2000, we set up self-governing schools to help refugee children who were dropped out of public schools and could not enroll in public schools due to lack of residency documents, etc., in the Nematabad checkpoint area.
The head of the Afghanistan Children’s House added: “We worked with Afghan refugee children in this center for about two years, and over time we became acquainted with their needs and realized that they have no knowledge of their homeland.”
He said: “One of the problems was that the refugee children were only in contact with Iranian school books, so they were alienated from the history and geography of Afghanistan. In this regard, we felt a big void, so we finally decided to publish the Red tulips magazine by imitating Iranian the Nowruz magazines.
Mr. Musavi pointed out: “These magazines, which successfully attracted a lot of attention from Afghan children, were a combination of Iranian curriculum and information about Afghanistan.” In addition to these magazines, we also had a social education book, the contents of which were inspired by the journeys of the Hashemi family (an Iiranian school book), and was about a refugee family living in Iran. This book attracted a lot of attention from refugee children and was published up to 12,000 copies.
The head of the Afghanistan Children’s Home called Koudakan_e Aftab Magazine a collection of works with the approach of familiarizing refugee children with the positive and good events that are taking place in their country, which has had good results. In this magazine, we talked about elites, celebrations in different cities of Afghanistan and tried to introduce different races living in Afghanistan to children and teach them that Afghanistan does not belong to just one race.
The founder of the Afghanistan Children’s Home added: “Friendship and peaceful coexistence was also the main policy of the magazine, along with which we tried to introduce the children from other countries to Afghan refugee children and also tried to spread the Persian language.”
Mr. Musavi said: “Unfortunately, in Afghanistan, Persian is now lost among other languages and English, Urdu and Arabic languages are mostly used.” When a child says a sentence, we can see that only a few words are Persian and the rest are either Arabic or English or Urdu, so we tried to work on expanding the Persian language.
The founder of the Afghanistan Children’s Home said: “In another part of this magazine, we introduced the Afghan elites who have studied and gained honor as a refugee in Iran, in order to acquaint the children with the successful patterns of refugee life.” Another section was devoted to promising news, in which we tried to convey good news to the children and talk about their homeland, history, geography and products of their country.
Regarding the educational problems of refugee children, Mr. Musavi said: “In recent years, the main educational problem of refugee children has been the lack of access to public schools, because they could not enroll in the public school near their home.”
The founder of the Afghanistan Children’s House continued: “Fortunately, in the last two years, with the issuance of the Supreme Leader’s decree, many refugee children have been able to enroll in public schools. However, there are still some who have dropped out of school because schools do not have enough capacity to accept so many students.” thereupon, the problems of refugee students have been decreased, and It is to be thanked to the leadership and the policy makers of the various departments who made such a good decision for our children.
Musavi pointed out: “Another problem is that in the school curriculum Afghanistan is not introduced to refugee children born here. These children are indirectly encouraged to stay in Iran by reading Iranian textbooks;” So when these children are not familiar with their homeland, how can they be interested in it, that is why they do not want to return when they are adults.
The Afghan cultural activist cited not encouraging children to return as another problem, saying: “Making these children interested in their homeland is one of the programs we are pursuing.” Because these are the assets of Afghanistan. Unfortunately, there are some children who, when we talk to them, do not consider themselves to belong to Afghanistan and say that I am an Iranian, for example, a Tehranian! They say I would like to stay in Iran.
“Unfortunately, there is no plan for the return of these children to Afghanistan,” he said, criticizing the Afghan embassy in Tehran. “It is unfortunate that 400,000 students from one country are studying in another,” he said. But the representative of this ministry does not do anything for them; It has no will and no motivation!
Musavi thanked the Iranian Ministry of Interior for allowing refugee children to study and trying to strengthen their minds to accept their country, saying: “We ask Iranian families to talk to their children about refugee children and teach them how to understand refugee children better and not to reject them because of their different language and race.
The founder of the Afghanistan Children’s Home emphasized: “Fortunately, in recent years, the Islamic Republic of Iran has made a very positive changes regarding the education of refugee children, which are very admirable, and due to the huge investment that The government of the Islamic Republic of Iran has done on Afghan refugee children, we are trying to minimize the problems.
The Afghan cultural activist noted: “Certainly having an informed, wise neighbor and those who are well trained here، will be good both inside Afghanistan and for the Islamic Republic of Iran.”