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What is Action on Sectarianism?

YouthLink Scotland, the National Agency for Youth Work has set up the first independent public website designed to challenge sectarianism in Scotland, supported by the Scottish Government.

Accessible on computers, tablets and mobile phones, this website will act as a central gateway to information and resources tackle sectarianism in Scotland by providing tailored user access to four distinct target groups:

Children and Young people

Adults: parents, carers, community groups

AoS Network: teachers, youth workers, academics, policy officers, community activists

 “To enjoy each other’s practices while sharing a mutual respect and understanding it only takes a little compassion, tolerance and willingness to be open”

The Amina Schools Project has been running for 5 years and has made some big leaps this in this last funding period 2016-17. The purpose of the project was to tackle discrimination and stereotypes concerning Muslims by giving young people from primary up through secondary the chance to engage with us on a more personal level. As a team of volunteers and staff we continually adapt our workshops to the needs and age of pupils in each class and have found a lot of different, interactive ways to involve them in our experience of Islam.

From trying on hijabs, to watching us demonstrate prayers and take a sneak peek into snapshots of our trips to Saudi Arabia on pilgrimage, the pupils have been given an opportunity to understand our way of life and, most importantly, to question and challenge their perceptions with reality.

This year, we have managed to engage interest from volunteers in Motherwell, Falkirk and Edinburgh so that we can expand our reach, and have also made plans to collaborate with the Al Waleed Centre to establish a standardized program. Utilising the academics and rigour of the University of Edinburgh in conjunction with the personalities and experience of our volunteers, we hope to develop a workshop that will be widely respected and applicable across schools in Scotland.
The project has reached over 20 schools this year. This has included Stirlingshire, Lanarkshire, Renfrewshire, Argyll and Bute and Ayrshire. We have visited primary schools as far West as the Ardnamurchan Peninusula past Fort William.

We are always looking for new volunteers and developing new partnerships. If you are interested please contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 0141 212 8420 

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