Thursday , 22 February 2024

Three Baha’is in Northern Iran Sentenced for Teaching Kindergarten

Iranwire – Branch 1 of the Revolutionary Court in Sari, northern Iran, has sentenced three Baha’i citizens to prison, fines, and bans on educational activities for establishing a kindergarten that used the Montessori educational method. 

The court’s ruling labeled the Montessori method as an instrument of Baha'i indoctrination

The court’s ruling labeled the Montessori method as an instrument of Baha’i indoctrination. 

According to the court’s verdict, Saha Sabeti received the harshest sentence, with 33 months in prison, a 13-year ban on working in education and a fine of 37.5 million tomans ($750). 

Her husband Behrouz Rahmani and their colleague Sanaz Alizadeh were each sentenced to 10-year bans on working in education and fines of 25 million tomans ($500).

The ruling reflects escalating patterns of suppression and discrimination against the Baha’i community in Iran.

The Montessori method, developed by Italian physician and educator Maria Montessori in the early 20th century, is a renowned approach to early childhood education that emphasizes hands-on learning and self-directed exploration. 

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