Iran’s supreme leader says all Afghan immigrant children, should get access to Education

Leader of the Islamic Revolution of Iran Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei on Saturday posted on his Facebook page about Afghan immigrant children that from now onward no Afghan child should be deprived of education in the country.

“No Afghan child—not even illegal and undocumented immigrants—should be deprived of an education, and they should all be enrolled in Iranian schools,” stated Ayatollah Khamenei.

He said Tehran is home to Afghans and that the Islamic Republic of Iran’s policy on treatment towards Afghan immigrants has been, set out, based on primary ideals of the Revolution; negligence and malfunction of an idealless and bureaucratic management, which views immigrants as “foreigners”, is a deviation from revolutionary ideals, and these ideals will be confronted.

There are 386,000 refugee students in Iranian schools, among whom 360,000 are of Afghan origin. The remaining 26,000 are from 17 different nationalities, including Iraqis. The number increases by an average of 10% per year.

“As of now, 360,693 Afghan children are officially registered in Iranian schools across the 31 provinces and are charged a tuition fee of 1.2-3.6 million rials ($35-$104) according to the educational level,” Khalilollah Babaloo, head of the Center for International Affairs and Overseas Schools, had said earlier.

Tehran, Khorasan Razavi, Isfahan, Qom, Fars, Alborz, and Kerman provinces have the highest number of Afghan students.


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