03 June 2015

Hamilton schools find creative solutions for Ramadan grad dilemma

Some Hamilton elementary schools are adjusting Grade 8 grad celebrations because the timing of the event falls within the Muslim holy period of Ramadan.

Muslims observe Ramadan, a period of self-discipline and reflection, with dawn-to-dusk fasting, creating a dilemma for students when it comes to celebrations and events with food.

Because of that, two central city schools, Hess Street Elementary School and Dr. Davey Elementary School, have decided to hold their Grade 8 grad celebrations a week before the actual graduation ceremony — before Ramadan begins— so that the events could be inclusive to all students.

About half of the students in the two downtown schools are Muslims. Other schools are making other adjustments. [CBC/Radio-Canada] Read more