'The UK government announced its involvement in a new plan to ‘help’ Palestinian school children on 19 March. The Department for International Development (DFID) revealed that it has “successfully pushed for a review into Palestinian textbooks”.
In short, the UK is going to take a “central role” in making sure Palestinian children only look at materials that “promote peace and tolerance” in school. Now, encouraging kids to value peace and tolerance is obviously a good thing. But it’s creepy as all hell when the children in question live under a violent military occupation which arrests hundreds of them every year. Because you’re in danger of indoctrinating oppressed people to be tolerant of their own oppression, while leaving the oppressor free to do as they choose.
“A decent education”
In its announcement, the DFID explained:
After calls by the UK government for international action on education materials, a group of international partners, including the UK will lead a review into the books included in the Palestinian Authority’s current curriculum for primary and secondary school children.
It says the UK and its “international partners” will use the review to “identify the steps necessary to ensure such books promote peace and tolerance”. It also claims the Palestinian Authority has agreed to “engage constructively” with the review’s findings. These will apparently be available by September. International development secretary Penny Mordaunt said:
We are working closely with the Palestinian Authority to ensure that all Palestinian children receive a decent education and are able to fulfil their potential.
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