Next year, one less teacher will be wearing a religious symbol at a school in Montreal. Wearing a hijab, Hanifa Scott has retired after more than 40 years of career.
“I still don’t think it really hit me,” Scott said.
Kindergarten teachers are the only staff members at Carlyle Elementary School who wear religious symbols. Scott, a Muslim, was allowed to continue her work due to the Grandfather Clause contained in Quebec law known as Bill 21.
The law does not allow certain public sector employees to wear religious symbols during work. In short, Scott is one of the last teachers to see students wear religious symbols.
“I don’t know how being a hijab teacher affects everyone, and I don’t know why the government is against it,” she said.
The school in the town of Montreal and the Montreal Board of Education in English held Scott’s ceremony on Thursday, the final day of the school. Staff and students celebrated her struggle and fought against Quebec’s religious neutrality.
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“Students actually benefit from having different teachers. They learn about diversity. They learn that there are different people with different beliefs and different habits. “” Said Joe Altna, Chairman of the EMSB.
Scott says that protecting children from different members of society is “not education.”
“What would they look like if they weren’t exposed to everything in this world?” She asked.
In Carlyle, religious symbols stand out with students wearing turbans and kippers. This type of expression is important for fifth grade Raveen Singh wearing a turban.
“I feel like there are people like me in this school, which makes me feel better,” he told Global News.
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Shin wants to be a math teacher. This is a secular law that does not allow you while wearing a turban. He says he’s still going to challenge after hearing Scott encourage his students to follow their dreams.
“You shouldn’t be afraid of your passion. You should do the best for yourself,” he said.
She has come to the end of her career, but Scott vows to continue fighting for future teachers like Shin.
“I will continue. There is no quitting in me,” she said.
The EMSB proceedings against Bill 21 are currently being filed in the Quebec Court of Appeals.
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