Al-Shabab criticises secular schools
Al-Shabab militants have told parents in Somalia not to send their children to non-Islamic schools and universities.
In a 26-minute recording, al-Shabab spokesman Sheikh Ali Mohamoud Rage said children should only attend Islamic schools as others are immoral and, he alleged, encourage them to adore Christianity and migrate to the West.
Earlier this month, al-Shabab’s Education and Youth Engagement department introduced a new curriculum, replacing English with Arabic.
The Somali government says the group is trying to deprive children of a proper education, and to brainwash them so they become unquestioning followers of its violent ideology.
The group controls many parts of Somalia and stages attacks in some neighbouring countries.