Trustee Receives Imperial College Distinguished Alumni Award

Naz Legacy Foundation co founder and trustee, Harris Bokhari OBE, has been awarded the Distinguished Alumni Award by Imperial College London.

Harris has been recognised for his commitment to improving the lives of young people from disadvantaged backgrounds. Harris has co-founded two charities that work in this area, the Naz Legacy Foundation and Patchwork Foundations.

Diversity Day at the Tower of London

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On Wednesday 29th January, we had our first Diversity Day of 2020. We were joined by over 50 young people from over 5 London Boroughs at the Tower of London, to learn about the rich heritage of diverse communities in British History. They had the opportunity to hear about the history of the Tower, visit the Crown Jewels and learn about career opportunities available to them at the Tower. We also had a workshop on spoken word, facilitated by renowned artists, Ms Yankey and Fusion. Our young people were given the opportunity to write their own spoken word that delves into the role diverse communities have had on British History. Examples of their spoken word can be watched here.

The Naz Legacy Foundation Diversity Programme is supported by the Cosaraf Charitable Foundation.

Diversity Programme Wins Award!

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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.

Diversity Day at The Telegraph

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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.

Trustee Launches Special Mentoring Programme

 

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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

Trustee Visits Baitul Fatah

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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.”

 

Naz Bokhari Award Winner 2019 Announced

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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.

Ofsted Chief Pays Tribute to the late Naz Bokhari OBE

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.

City of London Interfaith Gathering and Iftar 2019

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.

Interfaith Iftars Longitudinal Evaluation

For three-years running, The Naz Legacy Foundation in partnership with The Randeree Charitable Foundation and Pears Foundation, have presented an annual Interfaith event, centred around an Iftar. Over one hundred young Londoners from different faiths, or none, come together to discuss their faith and how to bring different communities in London together within a spirit of community, unity and public service. Each year this is held in a different religious location across London.

Summative evaluation was undertaken at these events. This provided immediate feedback on the impact and reception of the event. These evaluations demonstrated that the events were successful in enthusing and inspiring young people to want to pursue further social action and/or interfaith activity immediately following the Iftar event (on average 93% agreed or strongly agreed that they would like to take part in more social action projects).

This evaluation was undertaken two years, one year or six months after attending the Iftar depending on the year they attended. Some of the highlights from the report are:

-59% of the young people established new friendships or networks as a result of the Interfaith Iftar and stayed in contact with people that they had met at the event
-73% of the young people were able to transmit knowledge that they had learned at the Interfaith Iftar to others.
-64% of the young people were instrumental in encouraging other people to attend another Interfaith events.
-47% of the young people actively sought out ways to engage people from other faiths in further action or networks following the event.
-Developed new friends between Muslims and Jews – Muslim female attendee, 2017 said: “I made my first Jewish friend at the iftar!”
-Muslim female attendee, 2018 said: “It broadened by perspective. I could see how much I have in common with those of other faiths. I have shared my experiences with other friends of my faith tradition which has helped to change their perceptions too I think”
-Jewish Female attendee, 2018 said: “the group I was in at the Iftar event created a social media group where we could all speak and invite one another to religious based community events and also just allows us to ask each other questions we may have about each other’s religions”
-Atheist Male attendee, 2017: “I met some very interesting people from all sorts of backgrounds which I have since stayed in touch with. Learning more or other people’s religion has given me more courage to stand up to those who share hateful messages due to ignorance lack of education in a correct non-confrontational way.”
-Male, no religion stated, attendee 2018: “In the long-term, the Interfaith Iftar has shown me the power of bringing communities together and by doing so how issues can be addressed”
The long-term impact of attending the Naz legacy Interfaith Iftar are attitudinal change, knowledge development and dissemination and demonstrable uptake of social action. The full report can be read here: Naz Legacy – Longitudinal Evaluation