DEARBORN, MI — There’s a new guide for how to handle bullying if you’re Muslim.
The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), honored National Bullying Prevention Awareness Month in October with the release of an anti-bullying guide for Muslim parents and students. CAIR is the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization.
CAIR’s guide, titled “Bias and Bullying: Empowering Muslim Children in the Age of Islamophobia,” gives recommendations for families and communities to help stop the spread of bigotry, hate and Islamophobia in schools.
The Washington-based civil rights organization’s guide also offers a five-step checklist for “What to Do If You Are Bullied at School” and “Know Your Rights” materials for Muslim students. The recommendations come in English, Arabic, Bengali, Bosnian, Farsi, Somali, and Urdu.
“Unfortunately, incidents of bullying and bias occur every day,” the “Bullying and Bias” guidebook says. “Thankfully, there are resources around us that can provide a solution to the problem of a racist bully, a vindictive teacher, or an unaware administrator.”
Here’s a look at the guide’s key recommendations:
- Defend Yourself by Knowing Your Rights in schools, the workplace, and the law.
- Educate Yourself and Your Community with the latest research and information.
- Empower Yourself and Your Community with professional advocacy and engagement.
CAIR is also developing a pilot program for Islamophobia in schools through its Department of Research and Advocacy, according to CAIR organizers. The program focuses on school engagement, specifically issues related to three areas:
- Bullying and peer-to-peer aggression as it relates to Muslim students
- Teacher and administrator training on diversity and inclusion vis-a-vis the problem of anti-Muslim bias, bigotry, and Islamophobia
- Curriculum quality control verification and enhancement on issues related to Islam and Muslims in the areas of social studies and current affairs
CAIR offers anti-bullying and bystander intervention workshops, as well as a free guide to explain relevant Muslim religious practices to educators.
Published at Sat, 09 Nov 2019 14:59:00 +0000