Schools urged to help tackle Islamophobia

  • Young Muslims in Wales say they have been frequently stared at in public, called “terrorists” at school and been told by strangers to take off headscarves.
  • The Children’s Commissioner for Wales Sally Holland is focusing on the harm caused by religious hate crime. Muslim pupils have shared their experiences to help shape resources for the classroom.
  • Religious hate crime increased by 35% between 2016-17, during a time when a charity in Wales said teachers from 13 of the 22 local authorities reported incidents of racism in the last year.
  • Ms Holland said: “I’ve spoken to young Muslims from across Wales who’ve told me that they’re often scared in their communities, that they’ve directly experienced abuse at school, and that they’re tired of the way Islam is often portrayed by the media, and the effect this has on the views of their non-Muslim peers.”

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