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.

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.”

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

Diversity Day: First Waves

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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.

 

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Suffragette City: Highlights and Impact

To commemorate 100 years of the 1918 Representation of the People Act, and 90 years since the Amendment of the Representation of the People Act that created equal suffrage between men and women, the Aziz Foundation, National Trust and The National Archives created an immersive experience entitled Suffragette City. Naz Legacy Foundation supported 60 school children from three schools to partake in the Suffragette City.

The Suffragette City experience for school groups comprised of a walking tour, a drama workshop and explored the role of BME hidden heroes in the Suffragette movement, such as Princess Sophia Duleep Singh. Further to the diversity day, the Foundation carried out an impact assessment and asked everyone involved how they found the day. Some of the highlights from the report are below:

· The schools that have taken part are situated in the top 10-40% most deprived areas in England.

· Approximately 85% of the pupils in attendance would not normally have access to these events

· 84% of the pupils had not previously heard of the suffragette campaigner Princess Singh and her role in the movement.

· 89% of the pupils who attended two or more of the events felt inspired to find out more about some of the issues and topics covered by the events. The same number felt that attending the events had increased their knowledge and understanding of the topics covered.

· 83% of the pupils felt confident that attending the events had increased their interest in history.

 One pupil commented:

“Attending these events made me rethink about my potential career choice in the future.  Events like these are extremely interesting I really enjoy them”

The full report can be read here:


NAZ Suffragette City 2018 Evaluation Report