ISIS opens English-language schools in Syria’s Raqqa: report


Raqqa-english-schoolThe Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) has reportedly opened two English-language schools in Syria’s Raqqa, the capital of its so-called caliphate, in an apparent attempt to cater to the families of foreign fighters, the Independent newspaper reported on Monday.

The daily referred to activists in Raqqa who had drawn attention to a flier for the “attention [of] English speaking muhajiroon.”


The ISIS- emblazoned flier – which includes contact details and lesson times for two separate facilities, one for boys, the other girls – claims that “by the grace of Allah we have opened schools for English speaking children.”

One activist with the group “Raqqa is Being Slaughtered Silently” posted an image of the flier online, the daily said.

Abu Ibrahim Raqqawi said the flier offered “teaching to foreign fighters’ children” in a range of subjects including religious studies according to ISIS’ interpretation of Islamic law, English, maths, and “jihadiyyah.”

Raqqawi said schools in Raqqa only reopened this month. “[Parents] are so worried that their children will be brainwashed that they mostly keep them at home,” he was also quoted as saying.

In an account to  The Observer, Raqqawi said teachers, before returning to schools, were made to “denounce themselves for using ‘infidel’ textbooks in the past,” highlighting the troubling state of education in Raqqa.

In late 2014, a monitoring group was informed that ISIS militants had begun to implement their own “Islamic curriculum” for students living in Raqqa.


Al Arabiya



3 responses to “ISIS opens English-language schools in Syria’s Raqqa: report”

  1. 5thDrawer Avatar

    ‘By The Grace Of Allah’ …. we ‘imported’ teachers in all those languages.
    DO NOT ask why they are chained to their desks.
    And Yes, Math is a ‘Language’ … dammit !!

    Really?? They took their kids THERE????

    1. I tried calling the number to enlist zabada but it says the number can’t be reached. Damn! No fun these people.
      Where’s mal so he can get me the “emir’s” number.
      “Salam emir”
      “I want two ham and cheese pizzas delivered”
      “Extra ham please”
      “No I don’t want any lezzo hezbos with my order”

      1. 5thDrawer Avatar

        No news in that .. nothing works ‘over there’ except maybe locally.
        Haven’t been able to call into Tripoli for 2 years – although if they buy a ‘card’ they can call out. Their ‘net’ gets slower too. Jordan has same problems. The wonder is that phone-texting still works … on occasion. Maybe ISIS created it’s own ‘Area-code’ by this time – something with only six numbers doesn’t fly in the world.

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