Supporting Learners During Ramadan

The United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCROC) is an agreement by countries who have promised to protect children's rights. Children have the right to practise their religion, and the right to think and believe what they choose. As teachers, it is important that we support our students to practise their religion safely in our schools.

Ramadan is a time for reflection, prayer, good deeds, family time and helping the community and people in need. During the month of Ramadan, Muslim people don't eat between sunrise and sunset to allow greater devotion to their faith. Children, pregnant women, the elderly and people who are ill do not have to fast, although they may wish to do so. At the end of Ramadan, the Eid al-Fitr festival marks the breaking of the fast, when the new moon is seen in the sky. Often children are given presents and new clothes as a part of the celebrations.

There are many ways that you can support your Muslim students, particularly those fasting, during the month of Ramadan. Check out our teacher tips, share with your colleagues, and print and display in your staff room during the month of Ramadan.  

TIPS for supporting children during Ramadan by Elisabeth Fraser

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