Muslim Girls Fence have launched youth-led mental health resources for schools in partnership with young people, teachers, mental health professional and fencing coaches.
There are two new resources now available on their website.
The first is a zine called “Making Space for Healing“, which provides advice on how to improve wellbeing and contains advice and exercises around health, identity, empowerment and creativity.
The zine sits alongside the film “Centring Muslim Girls’ Mental Wellbeing in Schools“. The film was co-directed and written by a group of students from Tower Hamlets to discuss the importance of having creative, physical, and safe spaces like Muslim Girls Fence in schools, that focus on their wellbeing and mental health.
The film is aimed towards teachers and is supported by a series of lesson plans, resources and exercises to help teachers reflect on what they can do in their practice, as well as the wider school, to allow Muslim girls to ‘bring their whole selves’.
Fabiolla Lorusso, MGF Project Manager at Maslaha said: “We are really excited to be launching these resources alongside our partner British Fencing.”
Fencing is a great sport for teaching young people how to grow their confidence and how to feel powerful in their body. It’s evident through the project that being able to connect with your body in this way has a really positive impact on young people’s wellbeing.
Fencing is a sport that allows young Muslim women to take up space, explore their creativity and breakdown narratives of what it means to be a Muslim girl and a fencer.”
During British Fencing’s Learning Week, the team delivered a webinar to discuss the resources in more detail and share how clubs and coaches can get involved.
If you want more information on how you can get involved in MGF, please contact [email protected].
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