Iran Girls to Get Mandatory Paramilitary Training in Schools
Iran's education ministry is to make paramilitary training compulsory in girls' schools across the nation, the state news agency IRNA announced on Tuesday.
The training, to include self-defense, urban combat and first aid, is aimed at "improving the health of girls going through puberty and giving them more opportunities to be a part of social and cultural life," a ministry official told IRNA.
Girls make up 60 percent of Iran's 19 million-strong school population and last month Iranian authorities schoolgirls to wear bright colors for the first time since the 1979 revolution.
Earlier Tuesday, IRNA reported that six clerics had issued a religious decree allowing women to lead collective prayers in girls' schools, another first since the Islamic revolution which brought the clergy to power - TEHRAN (AFP)
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