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PERSIAN 101: Farhang Foundation Partners with Star Education to Launch After School Program

Press Release by Farhang Foundation

LOS ANGELES, AUGUST 31, 2015Farhang Foundation, in collaboration with STAR Education, a leading nonprofit at the forefront of innovative education programs and community-based cultural enrichment projects for more than 25 years, will be launching "Persian: 101", an after school Persian language program for K-6 students.

"Farhang Foundation is thrilled to launch this program as it will serve one of the most important segments of our population, young students," said Dariush Gabbay, Farhang Foundation Trustee and Chair of its Community Education and Outreach Committee. "Our goal is to inspire students from all cultural backgrounds to learn the Persian language and other aspects of Iranian culture, which are major components of the diverse landscape of Southern California. Planting the seeds of cultural diversity at such a young age will benefit our society immensely."

As of September 8 2015, "Persian: 101" will be available at two public elementary schools, El Rodeo School and Hawthorne School, both in the Beverly Hills Unified School District. The program will offer K-6 students an introduction to Iranian culture and the Persian language, encompassing reading, writing, art, music, dance and more. Farhang hopes to expand this program to other schools in Southern California in the future.

Spearheaded by Farhang's Community Education and Outreach Committee, "Persian: 101" will be developed and facilitated in collaboration with STAR Education, which already services more than 500 schools in over 60 school districts, reaching over a million students and their families every year.

"Persian: 101" is not Farhang Foundation's first undertaking in the school system. In Fall 2013, on the heels of the tremendously successful exhibition, The Cyrus Cylinder and Ancient Persia: A New Beginning at the Getty Villa, Farhang's newly launched Community and Education Outreach committee spearheaded a number of cultural and educational programs aimed at increasing awareness of ancient Persian history at a number of local public and private schools.

Schedules and registration forms for both El Rodeo School and Hawthorne School may be downloaded at the below links:

El Rodeo School: 
Class Schedule
Registration Form

Hawthorne School:
Class Schedule
Registration Form

Beverly Hills: To register online, please visit City of Beverly Hills Community Services.


Farhang Foundation is a non-religious, non-political and not-for-profit foundation established in 2008 to celebrate and promote Iranian art and culture for the benefit of the community at large. The foundation supports academic activities in Southern California by funding university programs, publications and conferences. The foundation also supports cultural programs such as the celebration of Nowruz and Shab-e Yalda, theater, dance performances, film screenings and poetry readings in Southern California. Farhang Foundation, in cooperation with various cultural and academic institutions, plans major programs and exhibitions about Iran and its culture. However, the content, viewpoints or biases expressed by individual artists, academics, institutions or events supported by the foundation belong solely to each individual party and do not necessarily reflect the views of Farhang Foundation. For more info visit


STAR Education is a charitable 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that has been selected the leader in innovative educational programming and community-based cultural enrichment projects for over 25 years. STAR services more than 500 schools in over 60 school districts, reaching over a million students and their families every year. STAR works with students, families, schools and communities to provide exceptional educational and cultural enrichment opportunities. STAR Education's mission is to offer extended educational, recreational, and enrichment programs to students; support and enhance school curriculum; improve student achievement; and expand the cultural base of young people through innovative, quality programs offered by highly qualified instructors. For more info visit

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