Our goal is to foster a sense of community and inclusion in the public school system among the Muslim Youth, focusing on the establishment of prayers and other in-school activities. Ultimately, we aim to establish school-approved MYCs in each of the 30+ CBE high schools. We aim to act as an umbrella committee to provide direction, guidance, leadership and more opportunities for ideas, training, development, finances, and planning.
The Muslim Student Advisory Committee Mandate
Muslims pray five times a day. However, Muslim students can find this challenging, especially during winter when the time for the afternoon prayer (Dhuhr) ends before the school day ends. As such, Muslim students need to be accommodated to complete their obligation of praying. This applies to the Friday prayers as well. From our experience, we have found that the most effective method of achieving this goal is to establish an MYC in the given school. Clubs, in general, can negotiate with the school to meet certain demands and are able to advocate for their members. As such, MYCs can use this ability to request the school for a room, area, or time between or during classes to take a few minutes to pray. The method by which this will be provided will depend on the school. Furthermore, the establishment of MYCs will give Muslim students the much-needed space to connect and promote a diverse and robust Muslim community. We believe giving students a chance to establish such a club at their school is essential and will be highly beneficial to their overall wellbeing and identity.