The Iranian regime is promoting the Persian culture by force in the schools of the Arab region of Ahwaz. There, the regime coerces schoolchildren into learning the Persian language instead of the Arab one.
According to sources familiar with the Ahwazi affairs, the regime is in hot pursuit for consolidating the Persian culture in the Arab enclave while wiping out the Arab culture.
Education official in Al-Bawi area in eastern Ahwaz capital announced the opening of the first exhibition to teach the Persian language in the Arab region.
The prime target of this event is the Arab people of Ahwaz.
An Ahwazi researcher, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said the Iranian regime is using different techniques to combat the deep-rooted Arab culture in Ahwaz.
He added the regime orders teaching the Persian history, degrading the contemporary history of Ahwazi and its figures.
According to the Ahwazi researcher, the regime insists on denying the Ahwazi sovereignty and independence during the era of Prince Khazal al-Kaabi.
He noted the regime's main focus is the Persian history and identity. They are being instilled in the minds of the Arab school goers, who are denied to know the least about their own language, culture, and identity.
He continued' Iran, as an occupying force, seeks to wipe out the Arab culture. Children are their prime target. They can easily learn Persian and forget their mother tongue'
The Ahwazi Arabs have been denied their right to learn their mother tongue since 1935. The Iranian Shah issued a law prohibiting the teaching all languages but Persian nationwide.
After the victory of the 1979 revolution, the Iranian government added two articles, 15 and 19, to the constitution, allowing each ethnic group to study and learn their own language.
But these constitutional provisions have never been implemented.
After the end of the eight-year war with Iraq in the 1980s, the Iranian regime said it would implement those articles. The reformist president Mohammed Khatami also promised in 1997 to put these articles into force. Article 19, which enables ethnic groups to establish identities enable them to promote their culture, was applied.
The groups close to the regime benefited from the amendment. But the Ahwazis were banned from exerting their very rights.
After the 2005 protests in Ahwaz, a massive crackdown was launched against the Ahwazi cultural community. Many figures were arrested and handed long jail terms, while others were executed.
Things worsened after the conservative president Mahmud Ahmadinejad came to power. He ordered changing names of streets who bear Arab names. The Ahwazis were deprived of practices any activities that are linked to the Arab culture. Under Rouhani, teaching the Persian culture in the Arab schools of Ahwaz has become a commonplace.