Overview

For more than forty years Caabu has taken a lead in encouraging constructive engagement with the Arab world and Arab-British communities in British schools. Given that most people in Britain have a very limited understanding of the Arab world, its peoples, culture and history, working with young people is one of the most valuable contributions we can make.

Caabu's education programme reaches out to 15,000 school children every year. For many students, a Caabu workshop is their only opportunity to hear about the Arab world from a different perspective to what's usually on offer in the mainstream media, while our teaching resources are fast becoming a mainstay for teaching about Islam or the Middle East.

Our education programme works to:

  • Counter negative and misleading images of the Arab world and people in Western films, television programmes and video games
  • Equip young people with a more engaged and open-minded approach
  • Motivate and enable teachers to deal confidently with cultural issues
  • Cover a variety of subjects the national curriculum does not sufficiently address
  • Present alternative images and stories to those put out by the media and explore the role of art in challenging stereotypes and injustice.

We are currently seeking funding to ensure that over the course of a year we can:

  • Produce two new free-to-use versatile, innovative and accessible quizzes that can be used by students, nationally and internationally, on a variety of platforms, from PCs to tablets.
  • Organise two cultural days for interested schools, bringing together a variety of tutors and speakers to inform students about Arabic culture.
  • Deliver 60 talks and workshops, tailored to students needs, on subjects ranging from Arab stereotypes and images of the Middle East to Israel-Palestine, the Arab Uprisings and perceptions of Muslims in the UK
  • Run a series of three art workshops to generate interest in Arab culture and give budding young artists an insight into the creative process and an opportunity to work with professional artists.

"Sadly, many British schools do not cover the Middle East in their regular curriculum, and they are only starting to face up to the problem of ‘Islamophobia’. Caabu is at the forefront of tackling this worrying tendency, and its visiting speaker service provides students with an insight into some of the most important issues of the day that they would otherwise be sorely lacking." Ahdaf Soueif, author.

For more information about Caabu's education programme, please email caabu@caabu.org