As the number of Muslim youth within the UK increases, Muslim students enrolling into higher education emulates this development. Such a high influx of Muslim students invokes the necessity of active and on campus Muslim Chaplains to guide and advise students.
The urgency and importance of Muslim Chaplain’s within the educational domain is paramount, as students are displaced from their communities, from their local mosques and from all faith and spiritual support they are familiar with.
Furthermore, the sheer breadth of mental health, financial and social issues experienced by students requires contextually applicable, understanding support from a body or individual that elicits religious and culturally sensitive advice.
The Association of Muslim Chaplains in Education (AMCed) is an independent, national non-profit organisation which provides support, advice and training for Muslim chaplains working in higher education.
For Muslim chaplains, whether new, experienced, trained or untrained, AMCed caters to all. AMCed provides a network of Muslim Chaplain’s from across the nation, encouraging the sharing and learning of good practise.
AMCed also organises the following for Muslim Chaplains:
- Mentoring scheme
- Shadowing scheme
AMCed endeavors to::
- Give Muslim chaplains across the UK a voice, advice and support.
- Raise the professional standards of chaplains by offering specific training in pastoral and spiritual care as well as listening and communication skills, dialogue, presentation, facilitation, mediation and monitoring.
- Ensure chaplains represent Islam effectively so that they are equipped to dispel any preconceptions about the faith that people may have and share their understanding of cultural and faith sensitivities with others. This can include training in equality, culture, faith and diversity.
- Undertake curriculum development and research to make current chaplaincy training even better and contribute to articles, research papers, journals and resources in the area of equality, culture, faith, diversity and community cohesion.
- Provide chaplains who can lead discussion groups and deliver presentations within places of higher education
- Encourage all chaplains to actively take part in supporting students. Sometimes chaplains have felt isolated by the lack of support they get from institutions, particularly in this area, and have reported instances of being undermined.
- Promote the concept of chaplains to the community, both Muslim and non-Muslim, in order to gain recognition, acknowledgement and support.
- Assist in the recruitment and placement of chaplains in the education sector.
For further information, please click the link above to be directed to the AMCed website.