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    EDUCATION MINISTER HITS AT USAID OVER TEXTBOOK POLICY Charles Clover, Financial Times, 11/24/03 http://news.ft.com/servlet/ContentServer?
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      EDUCATION MINISTER HITS AT USAID OVER TEXTBOOK POLICY
      Charles Clover, Financial Times, 11/24/03
      http://news.ft.com/servlet/ContentServer?
      pagename=FT.com/StoryFT/FullStory&c=StoryFT&cid=1069493436562

      Ala'din Alwan, Iraq's minister of education, has criticised the US
      Agency for International Development (USAID) for attempting to limit
      or ban Islamic religious references in experimental Iraqi school
      teaching materials paid for by the agency.

      "Decisions about education in Iraq must be Iraqi decisions," said Dr
      Alwan, who added he was not consulted about the move. He said he
      would be reviewing the programme - a $4m (€3.3m, £2.4m) accelerated
      learning project for 500 students - in coming days.

      The controversy started a few weeks ago when a western consultant
      working for USAID asked Iraqi ministry of education experts to remove
      verses from the Koran from experimental teaching materials for Arabic
      grammar, and replace them with neutral content. One of the experts
      disclosed this to the FT on the condition he not be named…

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