An education agreements between the countries permits them to mutually ‘verify’ lessons taught to children
Umer Beigh/ The Dawn News/ June 5, 2018
Myanmar last week signed an agreement with Israel that while ostensibly aimed at improving education will also see the alteration of certain passages from textbooks concerning the history of both the countries. They have also agreed to mutually verify how the students are taught history.
Article 8 of the agreement states that “the parties shall, through their competent authorities, endeavor to mutually verify school textbooks, particularly concerning the passages referring to the history of the other state and, where needed, introduce corrections to these textbooks.
“The parties shall cooperate to develop programs for the teaching of the Holocaust and its lessons of the negative consequences of intolerance, racism, Anti-Semitism and xenophobia as a part of the school curriculum in the Republic of the Union of Myanmar,” reads another section of Article 8.
This education agreement between the two states that are accused of carrying out ethnic cleansing of Muslims has earned international criticism. Observers have noted how the policy is only an extension of Israel’s editing out Palestinian flags, references to former Palestine Liberation Organization chairman Yasser Arafat and even verses from the Quran from the textbooks used by Palestinian students. Israel has previously signed similar agreements with other countries, including on Holocaust education in Europe.
“Both parties shall encourage the development of an Israeli and Jewish Studies program in the Republic of the Union of Myanmar and Myanmar Studies program in Israel, including Hebrew and Myanmar language teaching respectively,” the agreement notes.