What are some of the challenges faced by the boy in The Boy At The Back of the Class?
The book tells the story of Ahmet, a refugee from Syria, and his experiences in a new school. Ahmet faces racism and bullying from other students, who are afraid of his differences. Ahmet's story shows that we can overcome our differences and become friends.
Racism in 'The Boy at the Back of the Class'
The Boy At The Back of the Class is based on a true story, which was adapted from a book by Onjali Q. Raúf. The book was shortlisted for the Waterstones Children’s Book Prize and the UKLA Children’s Book Award. The author, Onjali Q. Raúf, is a co-founder of the charity Making Herstory, which helps refugee women and children in the UK.
Did you know?
Racism: The belief that one race or culture is superior to another, or the unjust or unequal treatment of people based on their race or ethnicity. Prejudice: Making a judgement about something or someone, without having all of the facts. Discrimination: Treating someone unfairly or unequally because of their race, gender, sexual orientation, age, or other characteristics.
In one word, how would you describe racism in 'The Boy At The Back of the Class'?
How would you feel if you were in the boy's position?
What can we do to create an open and inclusive environment in our school?
What can you do to show open-mindedness and international mindedness in your everyday life?
Brain break: Draw an alien chef cooking pancakes in space.
Work together in pairs: What strategies can you think of to help create a more inclusive classroom environment?