Helping American Students Understand the Hijab
Ruaa is a YES student from Yemen living in Bandon, OR. She is a devout Muslim who has done fantastic with her host family. Ruaa is the first exchange student at Bandon High School to wear a hijab each day.
Recently, her Global Studies teacher, Mr. Moore, had Ruaa give a presentation on the hijab, explaining why she wears it. He then assigned "The Hijab Project" to the girls in the class, asking them to wear the hijab for two days, and then write a report about their experience.
Ruaa was so excited to share this with her Regional Director, and she said it really helped her to connect better with the girls in her school because they finally understood a little bit of what she has been dealing with every day since she got here.
We hope that other YES students will be inspired by Ruaa’s example of building cross-cultural understanding in their own schools and communities.