Public Meeting to launch a new report by Samena Dean into Muslim school students' experiences of Islamophobia in Edinburgh schools.
Speakers: Samena Dean, Hassan Rabbani (Imam and head of education and outreach, Annandale Mosque), Arzu Merali (head of research, Islamic Human Rights Commission), Ben Macpherson MSP (SNP, Edinburgh Northern & Leith) and Councillor Gordon Munro (Labour, Leith)
The 18-page report was written by Samena Dean with a foreword by Arzu Merali, and is published by SACC. Copies of the report will be available.
The report can be downloaded here.
It describes findings obtained from interviews with 100 students from primary and secondary schools across Edinburgh and reveals worrying levels of both verbal and physical abuse. To protect individuals' privacy, the report does not categorise experiences by locality and does not name particular schools. The problem appears to be a widespread one, so this is not about naming and shaming but about raising awareness of the issue.
Samena Dean is a youth worker, community activist and a full-time mother of three and has been working with the Edinburgh Muslim community on Islamophobia for a number of years.
SACC and the Islamic Human Rights Commission (IHRC) have jointly organised successful UK Islamophobia conferences each December since 2014. The 2014 conference was held in London. The 2015 and 2016 conferences were split between London and Edinburgh.
Annandale Mosque is the oldest mosque in Edinburgh and one of the most recognised mosques in Scotland.
Islamophobia in Edinburgh schools will be an eye-opener for many, and is now more important than ever. Please come along.
18.00 for as prompt 18.30 start
Organised by SACC
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