SEIN Members, Amina – Muslim Women’s Resource Centre (MWRC), have released an online, Scotland-wide secondary school toolkit for teachers of religious education (R.E.) to challenge stereotypes and misconceptions of Muslim women and communities, in collaboration with the Al Waleed Centre, University of Edinburgh.
Over the last 7 years, Amina staff and volunteers have delivered interactive workshops at secondary schools to counteract the negative stereotyping of Muslim women, and to increase understanding of Muslim communities, particularly at a time where anti-Muslim sentiment is on the rise and is gendered. Amina believes strongly in combatting ignorance with education and creating opportunities to build bridges between communities.
“We, as a volunteer’s team, have enjoyed the changes we witnessed before and after our presentations … Despite what people may believe about Islam, our core message is that you can have a different view or opinion and that is how we would like it to be.”
– Zaitoon Salamat, volunteer
Resources in this toolkit include short videos to simulate Amina’s current work in schools where staff and volunteers at AMINA share their experiences of relevant topics to add voices to debates in the classroom. Activities and discussion points that encourage students to explore their own values are a key part.
Scott Anderson, RME teacher at Duncanrig Secondary shared, “The volunteers from Amina have helped massively to normalise and demystify Islam for our pupils. Our work together benefits the pupils and the Muslim community in that Muslims are seen less as an “other” and more as an integral part of twenty-first century Scottish life.”
We hope that this toolkit is useful to teachers and others alike, to achieve a similar aim.
Check out the toolkit
This can also be found on our Downloads page