The theme for this year's Islamophobia Conference is "Islamophobia in Education".
Anti-Muslim racism is commonplace and growing. It is reflected in hate crime, unlawful discrimination, discriminatory and hostile social attitudes and institutional racism. Schools, colleges and universities are not immune to this trend. A recent survey by Samena Dean found that more than half of Muslim school students interviewed in Edinburgh had experienced Islamophobia.
Islamophobia has assisted and driven the growth of other forms of xenophobia that are now being felt across the UK by EU citizens threatened by Brexit. It has paved Donald Trump’s path to the White House. Across Europe it is fuelling the growth of far-right parties that, once empowered, threaten Jews, LGBT people and disabled people.
Our educational institutions are uniquely well-placed to shape social attitudes and community relations in tomorrow’s Scotland. It is an opportunity we cannot afford to miss.
If you care about education, whether as an educator, a student or a member of the wider community, please come along to the conference. It's a chance to learn about the experiences of others and discuss the way forward.
7.00-7.20pm break for food.
7.20-8.30pm: Plenary I. Islamophobia in Schools.
8.40-9.45pm: Plenary II. Decolonising Education
Speakers to be announced.
Admission is free. Donations are welcome.
It is a companion event to the Islamophobia Conference organised by IHRC in London on Sunday 10 December, focused on the rise of Nativism.
Organised jointly by SACC and IHRC, and supported by MWAE