TORONTO — Razi and the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE/UT) held a two-day institute titled Teaching With Sensitivity: Meeting the Needs of Muslim Students in Public Schools on October 29 and November 5, 2011.
The program was attended by over 30 public school administrators and equity officers from across the Greater Toronto Area. Representatives from the Toronto District School Board, York District School Board, Halton District School Board, Peel District School Board, and Durham District School Board were present.
“We addressed issues that many educators in the public school system find confusing,” said Program Facilitator Qaiser Ahmad (Education Consultant, Razi). “It was amazing to see so many schools committed to addressing the unique needs of their Muslim students.”
“This program hopes to address some of the pressing matters facing Muslims in classrooms of public schools,” explained Dr. Nadeem Memon (Director of Education, Razi). “We are excited by the global potential for a program like this because it can be applied to a variety of professionals and institutional settings.”
Participants covered topics such as Islamophobia in schools, religious accommodations, sexual education, gender sensitivities, identity formation, media literacy, and evaluating classroom resources on Islam and Muslims.
The program also included strategic roundtable discussions on common issues and best practices.
About Razi – Razi develops societally relevant educational programs for institutions in the government, education, and private sectors. Based in Toronto, Canada and Dubai, UAE — Razi services clients in North America, Europe, East Asia, and the GCC region.