Prof. Sally Holland, the Children’s Commissioner for Wales, and her team have developed a fantastic resource for schools entitled “Tackling Islamophobia: A Children’s Rights Resource for Secondary Schools in Wales.”
Last year, the advice charity ChildLine reported a sharp rise in calls to their hotline reporting Islamophobic bullying , with children as young as 9 years old being targeted, and some turning to self-harm as a result.
The Muslim Council of Wales were very happy to help with the development of this timely and urgently needed resource, by recruiting young people from the Cardiff Muslim community to a listening session with the Commissioner’s team last summer. We are immensely proud of the wisdom shown and insights provided by these young people into the struggles they face every day as Muslims living in Wales.
Islamophobia is on the increase. No child should be the target of hate for any reason, however, there are many ways that everyone, Muslim and otherwise, can work together to end these problems in our society.