Project Salaam (peace) is enabling Muslim secondary school students to participate in youth leadership development that focuses on conflict resolution underpinned by Islamic values of non-violence, compassion, kindness and forgiveness.
The training aims to address bullying, discrimination and Islamophobia and increase self-esteem and confidence. Training will enhance participants’ learning and academic achievement and strengthen their cultural and faith identities. This initiative is being implemented in two secondary schools in Auckland.
Following the events of 15 March in Christchurch, the project has taken on greater importance to address the health and wellbeing of the students in a culturally responsive manner. Topics include self-care, healthy eating, benefits of physical activity and good sleeping habits, online safety and knowing their rights. This initiative is a collaboration between E Tū Whānau in the Ministry of Social Development, the Ministry of Education, secondary schools and the Auckland District Health Board.