Children long to belong to, or feel connected to, something bigger than themselves. Schools that integrate this truth into the fabric of their policies, procedures and programs will find ways for all students to discover success. Children will not feel part of school if they are afraid or uncomfortable at school. Children will not engage in school if they are affected by abuse or violence at home or in the community.
The foundation of academically successful schools is healthy students attending safe schools and returning home to nurturing families. Stable, healthy families play a critical role in efforts to reduce violence among youth. Children who have a strong connection to family values, customs, and beliefs develop both the confidence to reach for a star and the talent to grab one; however, if children cannot find and rely on positive connections at home, they will settle for any substitute that satisfies their longing to belong, and that could be gangs, harmful relationships, and the abuse of alcohol and drugs.
We must work together as citizens, parents, students, and educators to create an environment where violence cannot take root or survive in our streets, classrooms or homes. Schools, families and communities each have a distinct and critical role to play in any thorough effort to reduce violence. The degree to which these roles are collaboratively designed will make the difference between long-term success and flashy programs that fade away. Apart from having no tolerance for harmful behaviors at school, schools must provide support and services for parents and students to get involved. Communities should not wait for children to go into crisis before reacting. Teachers and school staff must receive appropriate training to be able to enforce the school’s expectations.
Students, parents, educators, and community members must design, teach, model and reinforce a consistent set of values and beliefs as the basis for every activity, program, lesson or expectation. We are concerned about school bullying, the ethical use of technology and character education. Educators, parents, community members and those state and private agencies charged with the well-being of youth must work cooperatively to ensure that children are not the victims of physical/emotional abuse or other circumstances that cause harm. We, at Al-Minhaal Academy, always ensure that our students are occupied with intellectual topics that stimulate their thinking and drive them to automatically be involved in deep faith. It is our duty to always make sure that our students are enveloped in an Islamic environment whether at home or in school. The school provides a certain checklist to the parents of the students to mark off the child’s good Islamic adaab and akhlaaq.