Resource offers ideas and materials to help tackle Islamophobia

​Pupils from one of Wales’ most diverse schools have used their own experience of racism to help teachers tackle Islamophobia.

Using everyday experiences of name-calling or racism described by children from Cathays High School in Cardiff, Wales’ children’s commissioner Sally Holland has developed a new resource for schools including videos and lesson plans to help teenagers understand the rights of all young people and to reinforce the point that young Muslims in Wales have the same rights as others.

Tackling Islamophobia: A children’s rights resource for secondary schools in Wales consists of three PSE sessions designed to raise awareness of Islamophobia, tackle common myths and misconceptions about Islam, and present the real-life experiences of young Muslims in Wales.

In short films created for the project Muslim pupils describe being called “terrorist” and “Paki”, and one says he is afraid for his mother when she goes out in the street.

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