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Education Under Fire (EUF) is a campaign developed to address the Iranian government’s denial of the right to education for ideological and religious reasons.
Beyond the goal of encouraging specific action in order to mitigate the effects of these policies in Iran, the campaign will begin conversations on university campuses and within communities around the country in order to raise awareness of and shine a light on the importance of defending Article 26 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which guarantees education as an inalienable right of every human being.
A new 30-minute documentary by the same title, Education Under Fire, focuses on the Islamic Republic of Iran’s three decade long policy of denying the members of its Baha’i community the right to attend any institution of higher education. In May 2011 the government launched a coordinated attack against the Baha’i Institute for Higher Education, raiding dozens of homes, confiscating computers and materials and detaining a number of that institution’s professors and administrators, some of whom continue to languish in prison without formal charges yet having been levied.
The Iranian government also bans students from pursuing higher education if they have expressed views, joined organizations or engaged in activities that are construed as critical of the government. In addition, the authorities have attempted to prevent instruction in several fields in the humanities and social sciences and have dismissed faculty for ideological reasons.
Nobel Peace Prize laureates, Archbishop Desmond Tutu and President (of East Timor) Jose Ramons-Horta, have written an open letter about these abuses addressed to the International Academic Community. The letter is on the website www.educationunderfire.com where you can read and endorse it and send it on to others.
You can make a difference. By helping to set in motion, promoting or attending a screening-conversation of the documentary on Nov. 19, 7 p.m., in the Alice Farr Library, you will be joining forces with countless others. By doing so, you will help shed light on the importance of protecting the right to education and access to information for all of the peoples of the world.
Aurora Bahai Community
Secretary of The
Local Spiritual Assembly