Kurdish language should be taught in
Iraq's disputed Diyala province to promote better...
September 13, 2012
DIYALA, Iraq, — The teaching of Kurdish
language in the schools in Diyala province will help
a better communication between the people of the
province, officials say.
Kurdish is the second widely used language in Iraq
and has been recognized by the constitution as an
official language alongside Arabic.
The chairwoman of the Education Committee in the
Diyala provincial council Batoul Ahmed said her
committee calls on the Iraqi Ministry of Education
to start incorporating the Kurdish language teaching
in school curriculums.
The learning of Kurdish by non-Kurdish people of
Diyala and Iraq will help better communication
between the citizens, according to her.
Nasreen Bahjat, who is chairwoman of the Women and
Children Committee in Diyala Council, believes that
the teaching of Kurdish to starting from primary
schools has become a necessity not only because it
helps improved communication but also because it is
as Constitutional right for the Kurds to have their
language recognized as an official language in the
"Teaching the Kurdish language in schools has become
an urgent issue because the Kurds represent the
second largest group in Iraq and their language is
the second official language according to the Iraqi
Constitution," said the Kurdish official.
She said Kurds and Arabs of Diyala, particularly,
have “strong relations” which need to be further
strengthened through the teaching of Kurdish in the
Abdul Baqi al-Shummari, an Arab ethnic adviser to
the Diyala Governor for Education affairs believes
that "Teaching Kurdish is an important thing and
encourages social unity between the Iraqi people”
and that he is a “strong supporter of the teaching
of Kurdish language in schools throughout the
"Arabs are facing a lot of difficulties and
embarrassment in Kurdistan because they don't speak
Kurdish language and we call on the Ministry of
Education to speed up teaching it in the whole
country." He said.
Diyala province, a restive part of Iraq outside the Kurdish
autonomous region of Kurdistan but home to many Kurds. The Diyala district, which includes a string of villages and
some of Iraq's oil reserves,www.ekurd.net
is home to about 175,000 Kurds, most of them
In June 2006, the local council of Khanaqin proposed that the district be
integrated into the autonomous Kurdistan region in northern Iraq.
During the Arabisation policy of Saddam Hussein in the 1980s, a large number of
Kurdish Shiites were displaced by force from Khanaqin. They started returning
after the fall of Saddam in 2003.
Article 140 of the Iraqi constitution is related to the normalization of the
situation in Kirkuk city and other disputed areas like Khanaqin.
Kurdistan's government says oil-rich Khanaqin should be part of its
semi-autonomous region, which it hopes to expand in a referendum in the future.
In the meantime, Khanaqin and other so-called disputed areas remain targets of
Sunni Arab insurgents opposed to Kurdish expansion and vowing to hold onto land
seized during ex-dictator Saddam Hussein's efforts to "Arabize" the region.
By Mahmoud al-Jabbouri - Ak News, and Ekurd.net
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