Racist bullying ‘rising at schools’ November 12, 2006Posted by C.A.R.D in Card, Citizens Against Racism and Discrimination, Muslim, Racism, Racist.
Pupils are being urged to help protect Muslim children from bullying in the playground amid claims that racist attacks have increased since the July 7 bombings.
The move, by the Department for Education and Skills, comes after the Muslim Council of Britain warned that racist bullying was being swept under the carpet in many state schools.
Last week, a group of 13 Muslim girls were allegedly attacked by white pupils while praying in the playground at Manning comprehensive, an all-girls school in Nottingham. The school said a room had now been provided for prayers.
Tahir Alam, the chairman of the MCB’s education committee, said: “Islamophobic bullying is an increasing problem. In many mainstream schools Muslims are marginalised and we need to start recognising the significance of Islamophobic bullying as a symptom of this bigger problem.”
Jim Knight, the schools minister, will use a speech to an anti-bullying conference on Monday to outline a series of measures to tackle homophobic and racist bullying. He will also outline further initiatives to tackle so-called cyber-bullying, in which children are targeted by bullies using e-mail, websites and text messages.
The NASUWT teachers union, which is staging the conference, said that racial tensions in some towns had led to a growth in Islamophobia among children.