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Angela Ruggiero, Briege Nugent, Kate Deacon and Media Education

The importance of language and cultural identity – Challenges and community responses

Authors: Nour Al Zhouri, Tamam Al Zhouri, Briege Nugent, Inma de Reyes and Media Education
November 2023

Refugees who have come from Arabic countries of all ages recognise the centrality of Arabic to their cultural identity and religion. This research brings to light the challenges families face to preserve their language and identity in Scotland. One of the most important issues highlighted is that families where children now speak more English than Arabic struggle to communicate with older relatives in the family, who do not speak English as well or even at all.

Normalising Postnatal Depression and the importance of screening

Authors: Gill Lyth, Briege Nugent and Media Education
November 2023

Muslim identity and right to practice faith: The need for quiet spaces and ablution areas

Authors: Lina Bakhit, Briege Nugent, Inma de Reyes and Media Education
November 2023

Muslims pray five times a day and this is the most important aspect of being a Muslim. Supporting this practice allows Muslims to have a positive religious identity. To pray, quiet space is needed. Before Muslims pray they carry out ‘Wudu’, a purification process, requiring access to water to wash the face, arms and feet. Lina has created a film to raise awareness of ‘Wudu’ and to call for appropriate spaces to be developed and accessible for ablution and prayer.

‘Adults on Paper’: Caring for Children as ‘Adults’, Ethnicity and Cultural Stigma

Authors: Saima Jabeen, Asma Haq, Inma de Reyes, Briege Nugent, Kate Deacon and Media Education

Over the past year Saima and Asma have been leading research and film-making to describe the challenges carers face supporting their ‘children’ who are now becoming adults and have additional support and complex needs. All of the ‘children’ are neurodivergent. Saima and Asma have drawn on their own living experience and brought together the voices and stories of other mothers and carers they have met also on their journey. They also explore how this subject intersects with their ethnicity and the cultural stigma faced.