Target: President Hassan Rouhani
Goal: Ensure higher education is accessible to everyone, and welcome back staff and students purged because of religious beliefs
During the 1979 Islamic Revolution in Iran, universities and colleges experienced major changes. All schools were required to purge textbooks that slandered the Islamic religion, and staff who did not understand the true meaning of Islam were fired. Many students were also barred from going to school because of their faith or other discriminatory reasons. Everyone should have the right to receive an education and Iran needs to correct these mistakes.
A report conducted by Amnesty International highlights the problems Iranian citizens experience with higher education. The organization was not able to enter the country, but interviewed students – both male and female – in universities, and also interviewed current and former staff members. From this data, the organization was able to determine a solution to the problems persisting in Iran’s education system.
For Iran’s education system to grow and provide jobs for the youth, it must make drastic changes. Higher education needs to be accessible to everyone, and cannot discriminate on the basis of sex, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, nationality or beliefs. Iran also needs to reinstate former staff who were fired due to their religion or beliefs, and welcome back students who were removed for the same reason. Any policies that restrict women from obtaining an education need to be removed immediately, as they violate human rights and do not promote a healthy and safe learning atmosphere. Furthermore, all universities and colleges need to respect the right to privacy and freedom of expression for all students and teachers. This right has been severely violated over the course of many years.
If you believe all Iranians should have equal access to education, please sign this petition.
Dear President Hassan Rouhani,
Higher education in Iran is not easily accessible for many of your citizens. The system is broken and violates many human rights. Textbooks should not be purged from universities because they slander a religion. Books should be removed from schools if their information is outdated or incorrect. The mere fact that students and teachers can be removed from the premises because of a lack of faith is preposterous.
I am writing this letter to demand that you make education accessible for your citizens. Students and teachers should be reinstated into the schools if they were dismissed because of their beliefs, textbooks should not be removed from schools based on religious reasons, and policies that restrict women from earning an education need to be removed. Please ensure that these changes occur, otherwise your society and economy will suffer tremendously.
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