1135 GMT May 28, 2022
Ayatollah Khamenei made the remarks in a meeting with a group of Iranian teachers and education officials in Tehran on Wednesday morning, emphasizing that the current generation of students should remain vigilant against the obsolete Eastern and Western civilizations, Tasnim News Agency reported.
The Leader stressed the important role that Iranian teachers play in developing a modern Islamic civilization, praising their role as well as that of the Education Ministry’s personnel in training a “civilization-creating generation”.
Ayatollah Khamenei also lauded the continuation of efforts by the domestic education sector during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Leader emphasized that the younger generation should focus on their national and Islamic-Iranian identity, develop self-confidence and resistance, improve their knowledge of the late founder of the Islamic Republic, Imam Khomeini, as well as his aspirations, and try to raise their scientific skills.
Ayatollah Khamenei also pointed to the sublime goal of building a modern and prosperous Islamic civilization, adding, “Human resources account for the infrastructure of every civilization, and the founders of the modern Islamic civilization are the generation now at the teachers’ disposal. Therefore, the importance and value of teaching should be comprehended from this angle.”
“This generation (of Iranian students) with such a tremendous goal must own the Iranian-Islamic identity, firm and deep beliefs, and self-confidence, be self-made, vigilant in the face of the obsolete civilizations of East and West, and efficient in order to be able to shape that great civilization,” the Leader stated.
“In a world where everybody, either the East or the West, is bullying, the future generation must learn the value and importance of resistance from now so that they would create the civilization in light of these teachings and make the nation and the country dignified,” Ayatollah Khamenei added.
The Leader also stressed the need to familiarize students with the Islamic lifestyle, social cooperation, research, voluntary activities, battling social harms, and the law of obedience.
Ayatollah Khamenei also called for efforts to carry out the document on fundamental reform of education in a full and integrated manner.
More than a decade ago, the Leader outlined the plan for fundamental reform of the educational system in Iran.
Ayatollah Khamenei has already described bringing about reform in the educational system as a deep process, saying, “The plans which enjoy depth do not produce results immediately. Based on this, implementing the plan for fundamental reform of the educational system requires extensive research in different areas so that the educational system is directed into the right channel.”