It may be packaged as “Anti-Extremist”, but we know that the government uses this catch phrase to disguise their campaign against traditional Islamic values.
As Police and schools across NSW tackle the difficult task of protecting students from the corrupting tentacles of extremist recruiters, one specialist southwest Sydney Islamic school is fighting back in its own way.
Teachers at Al Amanah College in Bankstown now hold extra-curricular classes in an effort to help young people realise the true motive of zealots targeting them: deception.
In twice-weekly sessions high school students are taught to denounce extremism and focus on the Islamic values of tolerance and self-discipline.
Head principal Mohamad El Dana said it was about teaching young Muslims to understand the Koran correctly to thwart the message of extremists.
“We are the first Australian school that actually took the program on board and implemented it into our curriculum,” he said.
“Since its inception the school had a vision to fight extremists and equip our students with these tools.
“It is important to teach the proper Islamic views in order to eliminate wrong interpretations of the Islamic knowledge which leads to extremist views and radicalisation.”
The college offers kindergarten to Year 12 and has a campus in Bankstown.
The issue of youth radicalisation has been in focus in recent months.
Last month The Express reported that police and school authorities worked to deradicalise a Georges Hall teenager for 12 months before he was arrested on terrorism charges.
The 15-year-old Bankstown area public school student faces a maximum sentence of life in prison if convicted for his involvement in an alleged plot, which mentioned the Australian Federal Police as a potential target.
When asked how effective Al Amanah College’s anti-radicalisation lessons were in drawing young people away from extremist views, Mr El Dana pointed to a central message of national pride.
“It is part of our ongoing teaching philosophy to upskill our students in the area of what it means to be an Australian Muslim. It is our view that our students belong to this nation and make an integral part of the Australian social fibre and landscape,” he said.
– Via The Daily Telegraph
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