(SAN DIEGO, CA, 10/30/14) – Last week, the San Diego chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-San Diego), in collaboration with the Al-Manar Weekend School, held two anti-bullying seminars, called "Bullying is for Losers."
The Saturday event attracted about 70 students and parents while the Sunday program was attended by more than 120 students, parent and administrators.
"This is a very important topic for parents, youth and young kids, we should be active and up to date with the issues facing our children and adolescents," said the principal of the Al-Manar Weekend School, Roula Aoneh. "CAIR's anti-bullying seminars are really informative and interactive, I encourage all schools, parents and students to benefit from it."
"It is absolutely important for us to empower our young community members by providing them information about bullying and how to deal with it," said the CAIR-San Diego Executive Director Hanif Mohebi. "Many of the bullying incidents in our community go unreported, it's important for our community to understand the value of reporting such incidents to the proper authorities and our organization."
The event was held at the Muslim Community Center of Greater San Diego, and the anti-bullying seminar was conducted by the CAIR-San Diego Executive Director Hanif Mohebi. Attendees also received copy of CAIR-CA report on bullying, "Growing in Faith: California Muslim Youth Experiences with Bullying, Harassment and Religious Accommodation in Schools."
The students also received a "Know Your Right's as a Muslim Youth at School" pocket guide which summarizes what bullying is, dos and don'ts if a student is bullied, and important contact information.
CAIR is America's largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to enhance the understanding of Islam, encourage dialogue, protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding.
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