Turkey’s main opposition CHP has slammed the introduction of ‘jihad’ into the new education curriculum.
The Education Ministry has included the concept of jihad as part of “Islamic law” in school books.
“They are trying to install an education of values based on jihad,” CHP spokesperson Bülent Tezcan said after the party’s Central Executive Board meeting on July 19.
“By embedding a jihadist education of values they are trying to plague the brains of our little children with the same understanding that transforms the Middle East into a blood bath,” Tezcan said.
On July 18 Education Minister İsmet Yılmaz said that the final version of Turkey’s national school curriculum added the concept of “jihad” in many classes of religion.
“Jihad is an element in our religion; it is in our religion. The duty of the Education Ministry is to teach every concept deservedly, in a correct way,” Yılmaz said.
Tezcan criticized the changes to the curriculum, arguing that the concept cannot be considered to be a “shared value.”
“While radical terrorist organizations like ISIL [Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant] or Al-Qaeda are shedding blood under the name of jihad, which understanding of jihad are you going to present as a shared value?” Tezcan asked.
“Instead of an education which features reason and science, how can you not promote the culture of conciliation, or cohabiting and peace but instead hand Turkey over to such uncivilised understanding despite the disasters that jihadist understanding has brought to the world,” he added.