British Students Get "Know Islam" Kits - Islam Online
- British Students Get "Know Islam" Kits
CAIRO, June 28, 2005 (IslamOnline.net) A British
council has presented resource packs covering the
basic teachings of Islam to primary schools across the
London borough of Harrow in an effort to provide a
better understanding of the Muslim faith, according to
a local daily.
"The new resources will help school staff further
develop their approach to high quality teaching of
Islam -- a religion that is far too often
misunderstood," the Harrow Times Monday, June 27,
quoted as saying Councilor Navin Shah, leader of
Harrow borough Council, which has become the first to
fully fund the teaching of Islam in primary schools.
The resource packs include books, artifacts, CDs,
videos and teaching aids covering the basic Muslim
beliefs and practices through interactive class
Resources for secondary schools are also being
developed and will be available to schools across the
borough, according to the paper.
The packs for primary schools were produced by the
Muslim Council of Britain (MCB), in partnership with
the Department of Education and Skills.
"We believe education is the key to creating a vibrant
and understanding society, MCB Secretary General,
Iqbal Sacranie, told Harrow Times.
"These resources, developed by our team of
educationalists, aim to support the teaching of Islam
in schools by making available creative, engaging and
child-friendly resources on Islam and Muslims.
"We want to ensure that every school child in Britain
has access to high quality Islamic resources through
their schools," he added.
Harrow is one of London's most attractive suburbs. It
is located in the northwest of London and has a
population of approximately 208,000.
A report by the Open Society Institute showed that
various forms of Islamophobia and racial
discrimination have been on the swing since the 9/11
attacks, alienating the sizable Muslim minority in
Muslims in Britain have been complaining of
maltreatment by police under the Terrorism Act for no
apparent reason other than being Muslim, citing the
routine stop-and-search operations.
Senior British parliamentarians admitted last August
that anti-terrorism laws are being used
disproportionately against the Muslim minority
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