Association of Muslim Chaplains in Education is an independent, national non-profit organisation which provides support, advice and training for Muslim chaplains working in higher education.
How did AMCed come about?
As the number of Muslims living in Britain has increased over the last twenty years, so has the number entering higher education. These young men and women often need pastoral care, which is why a Muslim chaplain’s role is so important.
We recognise that these chaplains also need support in a variety of ways in order for them to be as effective as possible in the important role that they do.
- They must have a thorough understanding in the educational institution in which they work.
- They have to be versed in the social issues that are prevalent in a multi-faith, multi-cultural Britain.
- They should adhere to a set of professional standards.
What role does AMCed play?
In order that all Muslim chaplains have the same standards and goals, AMCed provides a network for them so they can share information and ideas, and access training that addresses the above points.
How can AMCed support me?
As a Muslim chaplain, whether you’re new, experienced, trained or untrained, AMCed is here to help you.
From the moment you join you will be able to access a wide network of other Muslim chaplains, from across England. This will help you in learning and sharing good practice.
In addition to that, AMCed organises the following for Muslim chaplains:
- Mentoring scheme
- Shadowing scheme
Working towards a better Muslim Chaplaincy
AMCed aims to:
- Give Muslim chaplains across the UK a voice, advice and support.
- Raise the professional standards of chaplains by offering specific training in pastoral and spiritual care as well as listening and communication skills, dialogue, presentation, facilitation, mediation and monitoring.
- Ensure chaplains represent Islam effectively so that they are equipped to dispel any preconceptions about the faith that people may have and share their understanding of cultural and faith sensitivities with others. This can include training in equality, culture, faith and diversity.
- Undertake curriculum development and research to make current chaplaincy training even better and contribute to articles, research papers, journals and resources in the area of equality, culture, faith, diversity and community cohesion.
- Provide chaplains who can lead discussion groups and deliver presentations within places of higher education
- Encourage all chaplains to actively take part in supporting students. Sometimes chaplains have felt isolated by the lack of support they get from institutions, particularly in this area, and have reported instances of being undermined.
- Promote the concept of chaplains to the community, both Muslim and non-Muslim, in order to gain recognition, acknowledgement and support.
- Assist in the recruitment and placement of chaplains in the education sector.