It was an honour to have the work the Foundation does with young people from under represented communities via our Diversity Programme be recognised by the London Faith and Belief Forum at their annual Community Awards Reception at the Royal Society of Medicine on Tuesday 26th November 2019.
Since the launch of the programme in 2014, the Foundation has engaged with over 1000 young people and highlighted the contributions made by individuals from BAME communities across the country.
Naz Legacy Foundation organised for fifteen young people to visit the Telegraph Newsrooms on Monday 11th November 2019. The visit to the Telegraph provided young people an insight into the world of media and journalism.
The young people were given a tour of the newsroom, spoke to journalists and engaged in a Q&A, exploring routes into journalism and what opportunities are available to them. It is important diverse young people have opportunities to succeed in all forms of our media and are given opportunities like this.
The Naz Legacy Foundation Diversity Programme is supported by the Cosaraf Charitable Foundation.
Naz Legacy Foundation founder and trustee, Harris Bokhari OBE, spoke alongside the USA Ambassador, Woody Johnson, on behalf of Princes Trust to launch a special mentoring partnership that pairs young people from the Mosaic Network with Alumni from the International Visitor Leadership Programme (IVLP)
Pictures from the event can be viewed here
Naz Legacy Foundation trustee, Harris Bokhari OBE, was recently invited by the Ahmadiyya Community UK leadership to visit Baitul Fatah in Morden. Our trustee, Harris, is pictured with Mahmood Rafiq (Head of External Relations, Syed Yousaf Ahmad and Athar Bajwa.
Harris shared his thoughts on the visit and the work the Ahmadiyya Community do both locally and nationally:
“I want to thank Mr Rafiq and the Ahmadiyya community for welcoming me to Baitul Fatah. Their work in bringing communities together is an inspiration to many and I look forward to welcoming them to future Naz Legacy Events.”
Mahmood Rafiq, Head of External Relations, shared his thoughts on the visit,
”It was a pleasure to welcome Harris and showcase all the charitable, humanitarian and interfaith activities the Ahmadiyya Muslim community is engaged in. Ahmadi Muslims believe and act upon the golden Islamic principles of selfless service to the community. I look forward to working with Harris on future projects and to support the great work of the Naz Legacy Foundation.”
Nadirah Alam has been announced as the 8th Naz Bokhari Award winner. Nadirah is our first female winner of the award and she is now off to university to study Medicine.
The Naz Bokhari Award is an annual award for students who achieve university acceptance despite adversity, who have to strive harder than others due to personal or social issues. This award will recognise resilience and perseverance, qualities that Naz had, and promoted.
On 31st March 2019, Amanda Spielman, Ofsted’s Chief Inspector, paid tribute to the late Naz Bokhari OBE, as a “real trailblazer” who “broke new ground, becoming the first British Muslim to become the headmaster of a British secondary school,” in a speech she gave at the 40th anniversary celebration of the Muslim Teacher’s Association (MAT). Naz Bokhari OBE was President and founding member of the Muslim Teachers Association.
The full speech can be read here.
Naz Legacy Foundation, in partnership with St Paul’s Cathedral and the City of London, organised an Interfaith Iftar hosted at St Paul’s Cathedral and Guildhall on Tuesday 7th May 2019. Speakers included the Bishop of London, the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan and the Chief Rabbi of the United Hebrew Congregations of the Commonwealth spoke at Guildhall. Over 100 young people attended the Interfaith Gathering at St Paul’s Cathedral before the Bishop of London led a peace walk to Guildhall for the Iftar dinner.
For more information and video highlights of the event, please click here.
The Foundation organised for 66 young people to visit the First Waves Exhibition that celebrates the introduction of the first Race Relations Act in UK Parliament 50 years ago. The exhibition looks at the impact the Act had on minority Community.
The young people then took part in a Q&A session with Nusrat Ghani MP (Minister for Transport) , Dawn Butler MP (Shadow Minister for Equality and Women) and Jo Swinson MP (Deputy Leader of the Liberal Democrats). The young people ended the day with a visit to the public gallery to witness democracy in action in the House of Commons and a visit to 10 Downing Street.