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Culture 5

With "Madrašto ܡܰܕܪܰܫܬܐ" one may refer to any type of school. Historically it was mostly used to refer to the church school which is often run by the local church and where students, often starting as young as four, are taught Syriac and church hymns. This happened mostly on Saturday or Sunday but it could also take place during weekdays after school.

Important historical fulltime schools of the Syriacs have been the „Madrašto d Urhoy ܡܰܕܪܰܫܬܐ ܕܐܘܪܗܳܝ“ "the school of Edessa" and the „Madrašto dë Nṣiwën ܡܰܕܪܰܫܬܐ ܕܷܢܨܝܘܷܢ" "the school of Nisibis" (both in today’s Turkey), where theology, philosophy and medicine were taught.

They were founded in the second and the fourth century respectively and known to be among the first universities worldwide.

The saying „kul mede madrašto yo ܟܺܘܠ ܡܶܕܳܐ ܡܰܕܪܰܫܬܐ ܝܐ" ‘everything is school’, loosely translated means ‘whatever one does, it is learned somewhere or from someone.’ But often this saying is used to criticize someone for doing or saying something wrong. More importantly, that someone learned something wrong from someone else.