Islamic Schools Accused of Sex Discrimination


Two Islamic schools, the Avecinna Academy and The Wisdom Academy in Birmingham, England, have been accused of sex discrimination. Avecinna was found to often separate boys and girls at break time, as well as to teach them on separate floors of the building. The Office for Standards in Education, Children’s Services and Skills (Ofsted) in the U.K. reported, “Boys and girls have their breaks at the same time but have separate playgrounds and are not allowed to mix during break times.” Ofsted and the Department of Education (DfE) are currently working to amend such policies to ensure that the schools are aligned with DfE regulations.

For Further Reading:

Check out the “6 Major Risks to the Quality of Education” according to Ofsted.


Discussion Question:

Have you ever experienced sex discrimination in your workplace or school?


Action Item:

Learn about the Malala Fund, started by girls’ education activist Malala Yousafzai, which works to ensure girls around the world can gain access to quality education.


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