Turkmenistan: President's Book Included in School Curriculum
Turkmenistan’s education ministry has revived a practice from the days of the late President Saparmurat Niyazov to make the current leader’s written work a mandatory text in schools.
Passages and quotations from “The Fount of Wisdom” by Gurbanguly Berdymukhmedov are now to be included in the school curriculum, according to a report by the foreign-based Chronicles of Turkmenistan.
Niyazov’s own two-volume Rukhnama, which was described in state media as a holy text, has been gradually phased out of the classroom. But "The Fount of Wisdom" is not a wholly dissimilar work. The book is a compendium of proverbs and sayings that, as state media puts in, “reflect the people’s spiritual universe, world view, philosophy, moral principles and beliefs.”
This is far from Berdymukhamedov’s only contribution to school curriculum, as the Chronicles of Turkmenistan points out. Pupils in the seventh grade also have to study a novel by the president.
And the president has countless other works under his belt too.
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