Jul 16, 2014, 6:25 PM
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Expansion of tribal boarding schools crucial

Tehran, July 16, IRNA -- Expansion of boarding schools will help prevent illiteracy in tribal areas, said director general of Education Ministry's Office for Less Developed Regions.

Thursday edition of the English language newspaper Iran Daily quoted Alinaqi Yazdanpanah as saying that tribal regions, which have inaccessible roads, lack proper transportation facilities that create many problems for school students.

“Iran has 168,551 tribal students, 129,000 and 40,000 of whom are studying in elementary and high schools respectively,” he said.

The official said more than 2,000 students, who have successfully passed university entrance exams, are from tribal regions.

“Efforts are underway by Education Ministry’s experts to identify the migratory routes used by tribes,” he said.

“This will help the ministry’s officials make education facilities available to all tribal students.”

Yazdanpanah said 21 tribal provinces are in the country, some of which host nomads for only three or four months annually.

He noted that 11,365 teachers are presently active in tribal schools, but the number should be increased in the next academic year.

Referring to the necessity of sending educational consultants to tribal regions, Yazdanpanah said special training courses on educational consultation can also be offered to tribal teachers.

Nomads have always played an important role in Iranian society. It is estimated that there are about one and a half million nomads in Iran, living from the border of Turkmenistan to the warm waters of the Persian Gulf.

Iran has the largest concentration of traditional nomads in the world.