Frequently Asked Questions
What is the Naz Legacy Foundation?
The Naz Legacy Foundation is a not for profit company limited by guarantee which aims to promote excellence in education and positive integration into British society through supporting key initiatives and charities within these sectors. We show that through promoting the best in education and acting as ambassadors in the voluntary public service sector, we can make a positive change in society and leave a legacy to benefit generations to come.
Why was Naz Legacy Foundation established?
The Naz Legacy Foundation was established to continue the legacy of work of the late Naz Bokhari OBE. Naz Bokhari was the first headteacher of Muslim faith in the UK and first Muslim to be a senior judge at The Teaching Awards. He was also the first Muslim council member of The College of Teachers. He was awarded an OBE for services for education which he received from HRH The Prince of Wales. Praise for the Foundation’s work has come from HRH The Prince of Wales, the Prime Minister, Mayor of London, Archbishop of Canterbury, Cardinal Nichols and the Chief Rabbi (video messages of support from each). This is a one min video explaining the work of the Foundation https://youtu.be/xNBMwtbzLwk
What does the Naz Legacy Foundation do?
Naz Bokhari would take his children from a young age to art galleries, museums and to the theatre. He enriched their learning and education with culture and arts which was an alien concept to most ethnic minorities at that time. Each year, the Foundation organises its Diversity Day Programme which enables young people from deprived and minority communities to visit our great cultural institutions for the first time i.e. National Portrait Gallery (https://youtu.be/WtKfx2XlsVI) and great institutions of state i.e. Clarence House, St James Palace, 10 Downing Street, Parliament and Speakers House (https://youtu.be/3NDpREzIfsg).
Over 1,000 young people from our most deprived communities have benefited from the Diversity Programme, raising their aspirations and learning about the importance of the great institutions of state, voting, and role of the Royal Family. The programme has included visits to Clarence House and St James Palace with members of HRH The Prince of Wales’ charities and the Deputy Private Secretaries running inspirational sessions.
The Foundation organises an annual event, which brings together educationalists, philanthropists, politicians and youth leaders to inspire them to continue the legacy of the late Naz Bokhari OBE. Previous events have been held at Ernest Bevin College (Naz’s former School), Parliament and the London’s prestigious Living Room at City Hall. Speaker have included guests such as HRH Princess Badiya, Secretary of State for Education, Secretary of State for Communities, Deputy Prime Minister, Secretary of State for Justice, Leader of the House of Commons, Attorney General, Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change and Mayor of London.
The Foundation has brought together over 1,000 leading educationalists, philanthropists, politicians and youth leaders at our annual receptions which has developed new networks and working relationships to improve education for all our communities.
The Foundation has fundraised for various educational projects and has raised over £2 million which has helped some of the most deprived communities in the UK. The Foundation doesn’t collect any funds directly; all the money raised goes directly from the donor to the charities we have supported.
Naz Bokhari Award
The Foundation has mobilised educationalists and professionals to volunteer their time to help promote excellence in education. Through creating the Naz Bokhari Award, the Foundation has encouraged local businesses to raise funds to support deserving students who have achieved a university place despite adversity. They also support them by providing work experience, placements and mentoring. The winners receive a letter of congratulations from the Secretary of State for Education.
Honorary Fellowship of Education
The Foundation established this honour in memory of the late Naz Bokhari OBE. The first Muslim head teacher in the UK. Naz embodied all the best values of the teaching professional. He was a great educationalist who was also a Muslim. Each year the Foundation awards someone who demonstrates outstanding contribution to the field of education. Previous fellows include HRH Princess Badiya (founding chair of HRH Prince of Wales mentoring charity Mosaic), Sandy Nairne (former Director of the National Portrait Gallery), Ann Mroz (editor, Times Educational Supplement) and Dame Martina Milburn (Prince’s Trust).
Community Integration Events
The Foundation organises high-profile community integration events. The Foundation organised the first interfaith iftar event at Lambeth Palace in 2016 which brought together the Archbishop of Canterbury, Chief Rabbi, Mayor of London (Naz’s former student and mentee) and over 100 youth leaders from each of London’s boroughs representing all faiths and none. The event was covered in the mainstream media and the ‘selfie’ taken at the event went viral with high profile celebrities like JK Rowling and Ashton Kutcher promoting the event - https://youtu.be/tnrTWfMFCJI . In 2017, Cardinal Nicholls hosted the second interfaith iftar, alongside the Mayor of London and Chief Rabbi as well as young leaders from across the capital.
Who runs the Naz Legacy Foundation?
The activities are organised by volunteers. There are no salaried employees.
Who funds the Naz Legacy Foundation?
There are no significant overheads to run the Foundation as it is a voluntary organisation. The costs of running the programmes and events are provided in kind or paid for by generous supporters of the Foundation. Recent supporters have included Pears Foundation and DCD Family Trust.
Filming and Photography
Registering to attend a Naz Legacy Foundation event means you have acknowledged that the event will be filmed and photographed and you have given permission for these images to be used by the Naz Legacy Foundation in publicity material.
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Awards and Appointments
Awarded Honorary Medal, HRH The Prince of Wales’ Pakistan Recovery Fund
Awarded first Honorary Patron, HRH The Prince of Wales’ Mosaic
Appointed Goodwill Ambassador, The Jubilee Hour
Awarded Big Society Award 2014
Messages of Support
HRH Prince of Wales
The Prime Minister
Mayor of London
Archbishop of Canterbury
and many more
Government Speeches & News