“I don’t like Muslims but you’re nice,” says a 15-year-old in Borehamwood to Zaynab, Stand Up! Project Coordinator, in the middle of a session.
By simply meeting a person that she had previously thought of as ‘other’ and by chatting to them as a human being, a barrier in her mind had begun to break down. This is a pivotal point in the Stand Up! Education Against Discrimination workshop where the conversation can either be opened up or shut down. It is in these moments, the Stand Up! team use their experience and facilitation skills to support the students and their peers to respond respectfully, to unpack such comments.
“There are over 1.8 billion Muslims around the world, nearly 25% of the world’s population, how can you dislike all of them but her?” another student challenges.