Lebanese pupils protest against ‘outdated’ curriculum Nov 22, 2019 0 158 12345 AFPBeirutSeveral hundred school pupils protested Thursday in Lebanon against what they described as an outdated curriculum that makes no mention of the multi-confessional country’s 15-year civil war.The protest outside the education ministry in Beirut was the latest in a nationwide anti-government street movement to have gripped Lebanon since October 17.“Our history books need to be thrown out,” 16-year-old Jana Jezzine said as around her protesters waved the national flag and one woman made a show of burning a schoolbook.History lessons in school textbooks stop with the withdrawal of French troops in 1946 -- three years after the end of France’s 23-year mandate over Lebanon. But a lack of consensus over a common version of the 1975-1990 civil war in the country has led to it being completely omitted from the curriculum.Likewise, textbooks make no mention of key events afterwards, such as the withdrawal of Israeli troops from southern Lebanon in 2000 or the mass protests that ended Syria’s military presence in 2005.Eighteen-year-old Aya Haider said she had endlessly studied the First and Second World Wars, but had been taught almost nothing of her country’s recent history.“I know nothing about the civil war,” she told AFP, in a country where each religious community has its own version of historical events.“My parents and friends told me that people would get stopped because of their identity cards,” she said, referring to militiamen singling out members of certain religious sects at checkpoints during the conflict.The rest, she says, she learned in dribs and drabs through acquaintances during the recent anti-graft protests.Since last month, Lebanese from all religious backgrounds have taken to the streets en masse to cry out against what they view as an incompetent and corrupt ruling class.School pupils and university students have emerged as a leading force during the demonstrations in recent weeks, saying they will gladly lose a year’s schooling to help rebuild their country.Lebanon’s economy is under severe strain after a series of political crises compounded by the eight-year war in neighbouring Syria, and youth unemployment stands at more than 30 percent. RELATED ARTICLES Turkey says 200 Syrians returned to area cleared of Kurd militia Nov 22, 2019 0 1697 Iran’s Guards praise ‘timely’ action against protests Nov 22, 2019 0 212 Four protesters killed in Iraq’s Baghdad, say medics, police Nov 22, 2019 0 216 Israel again detains Palestinian governor of Jerusalem: Police AFP Jerusalem Israeli forces detained the Palestinian governor of Jerusalem on Thursday, taking him from his home in the city’s east for interrogation, a police spokesman said. Adnan Ghaith’s apprehension came a day .. 18 militants killed by Burkina Faso police Ouagadougou: Burkina Faso authorities said 18 “terrorists” were killed when they attempted to attack a police base in the north of the country, where security services have been struggling to quell a rising jihadist .. Pro-Haftar forces in Libya ‘shoot down Italian drone’ Benghazi: Forces loyal to Libyan strongman Khalifa Haftar said they shot down an Italian drone in western Libya, flying in a zone under their control. “We shot down the Italian drone with an anti-aircraft missile, north .. PM Netanyahu indicted for bribery, fraud and breach of trust AFP Jerusalem Israel’s embattled Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was indicted on a range of corruption charges on Thursday, potentially spelling an end to his decades-long political career. Attorney General ..