Iranian journalist calls mother-tongue education a ‘right’

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After members of Iran’s Academy of Persian Language and Literature spoke critically of President Hassan Rouhani’s campaign promise to promote education in Iranians’ first langages and said that it “smells of a conspiracy,” Iranian journalist Asghar Zareh Kahnamouei responded with an impassioned essay, arguing that education in one’s own mother tongue is a “right” that is recognized internationally and by Iran’s own constitution. Continue reading