Our History

After Naz Bokhari OBE passed away in March 2011, his children, Hina and Harris Bokhari, launched the Foundation to continue his legacy. The Foundation was officially launched by HRH Princess Badiya bint El Hassan of Jordan at Ernest Bevin College, the school where Naz became the first Muslim and the first Asian headteacher in the UK
After talks with senior politicians, the Foundation founded the Patchwork Foundation to support minority communities’ engagement in politics
Imran Sanaullah was the first winner of the Naz Bokhari Award, which was awarded to him by 2012 British Olympic bronze medalist, Lutalo Muhammad. This award recognises students who achieve a university place despite facing adversity due to personal or social issues
Naz Legacy Foundation hosted its first Annual Reception with Mayor of London Boris Johnson, held at London's prestigious Living Room at City Hall. The Reception brought together over 175 leading educationalists, philanthropists and politicians, and included a special message by HRH the Prince of Wales
Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg launched the Diversity Programme at the National Portrait Gallery with over 60 young children from BAME backgrounds. This event was covered by ITV News
The Foundation organised for young people to visit Clarence House, St James Palace and Downing Street
The Most Reverend and Right Honourable Justin Welby Archbishop of Canterbury, in partnership with the Naz Legacy Foundation, organised an Interfaith Iftar hosted at the Lambeth Palace. The selfie taken at the Iftar went viral on social media, having been shared by the likes of J.K. Rowling and Ashton Kutcher
Secretary of State for Education Rt Hon Justine Greening MP awarded Dame Martina Milburn the Naz Legacy Foundation Honorary Education Fellowship 2017
His Eminence Cardinal Vincent Nicholas organised an Interfaith Iftar hosted at the Archbishop’s House. Speakers included Cardinal Vincent Nichols, the Chief Rabbi and the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan
The 'Suffragette City' Diversity Day highlighted to school children from diverse backgrounds the hidden BAME heroes of the Suffragette movement, the important role they played and how they too have an important role in shaping society today
The Bishop of London hosted the first ever Interfaith Iftar and youth gathering at St Paul's Cathedral and Guildhall
On Thursday 18th April, the Foundation officially registered with the Charity Commission
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, theFoundation's Interfaith Iftar programme wentvirtual in 2020. Over 75,000 people took partin the virtual Iftar series, incuding all the UK'smajor faith leaders, and leading members of the Government and the Opposition
In July 2020, Naz Legacy Foundation and Rising Girl launched a virtual series of TED-style talks with trailblazers who have faced prejudice and challenged discrimination throughout theircareers
Continuing COVID-19 restrictions meant that the Diversity Programme went virtual from September. In 2020, there weresessions with FCDO Services, the Metropolitan Police Service, and workshops on community cohesion
Naz Legacy Foundation hosted its firstvirtual Annual Reception, where it awarded Yvonne Conolly CBE - the first female black head teacher in the UK - its Honorary Education Award. The event included special messages from the Secretary of State for Education and HRH the Prince of Wales
In December, the Foundation launched its'Dealing with Grief' video series, which explores the impact Covid-19 has had on faith communities across England
Read more about the impact and legacy of Naz’s life and work.

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