Islamic Education Day in Iran Date in the current year: February 27, 2018

Islamic Education Day in Iran Islamic Education Day is a holiday celebrated in the Islamic Republic of Iran on 8 Esfand in the Solar Hijri calendar, which corresponds to February 27 in the Gregorian calendar. It focuses on the importance of Islamic upbringing and education for the country and its citizens.

Islam was officially declared an Islamic republic after the Iranian revolution of 1978–1979, which involved the overthrow of Mohammad Reza Shah Pahlavi and eventual replacement of monarchy with an Islamic republic under Ayatollah Khomeini. Shortly after the revolution, the new leaders began to create educational institutions responsible for promoting the values of the revolution and Islam in the state education system.

On February 27, 1981, the Ministry of Education of the Islamic Republic of Iran opened a new department designed to get students more interested in studying about Islamic knowledge and values. The new department was also appointed in charge of developing new educational programs dedicated to the Islamic Revolution.

One of the most interesting things about the new department was that along with professional educators, its teaching staff included “soldiers of the revolution”, i.e. people who directly participated in the events of the revolution and thus could share first hand experience.

The anniversary of the establishment of the new department is now celebrated in Iran as Islamic Education Day.

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