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As the Syrian conflict intensifies unabated, four distinct entities have emerged as key players: the Assad regime; the anti-Assad opposition seeking to depose his dictatorship; Daesh (or ISIS); and armed Kurdish groups. Each of these four parties has sought to instill its own ideas and vision for the future within populations under its respective control, all while recruiting youths to fight in its ranks – a goal largely achieved by introducing reforms to the education system.The Baath party has shaped the education system throughout its rule by inserting Assad's quotes into the texts and its version of the party's history. In opposition-controlled regions in northern Syria, the Syrian Interim Government's Education Ministry has not formed an entirely new education system.Along the country's northern frontier, Kurdish groups have instituted Kurdish-language education in their schools. The Assad regime prohibited teaching the Kurdish language and teaching classes in Kurdish.The schools in northern Syrian have employed Kurdish instructors and instituted Kurdish language as a primary subject. Each party has sought to solidify its standing in Syria by changing the education system and instilling its own beliefs in Syrian youth.
Besieged Syrians defy hunger and death with makeshift innovations
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