Princess Badiya Mentor of the Year Awards 2014

Princess Badiya Mentor of the Year Awards 2014 with HRH Prince of Wales at Sandringham House. Imran Sanaullah Naz Bokhari Award winner meet HRH The Prince of Wales and Foundation honoured as Patron for Mosaic

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National Diversity Awards 2014

Thank you for everyone who voted for the Foundation, with over 21,000 nominations we were proud to be shortlisted and honoured to be listed with the worth winners of our category African Caribbean Leukaemia Trust.

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Tre wins Naz Bokhari Award 2014

Tre awarded Ernest Bevin College Naz Bokhari Award 2014

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Imran Sanaullah the inaugural winner of the Naz Bokhari Award presented the Ernest Bevin College Naz Bokhari Award 2014 to Tre Johnson.

Imran gave an inspirational speech to the sixth formers, before announcing the winner, he talked how the Naz Bokhari Award had changed his life and said anything is possible if you work hard enough. He then presented Tre with a crystal award and cheque for £500 to support him in his first year at university.

A surprised Tre Johnson said:

“I am honour to received this year’s award, there were many worthy nominations this year and I am over the moon to win. I am looking forward to starting my degree and like to thank my teachers and family for all their support”

HRH Princess Badiya bint El Hasan said:

“I can see why they chose you for their Award this year.  Your talent and hard work are commendable and should stand you in good stead as you go on to make the most of future opportunities”

Imran Sanaullah said:

“A part of the Naz Legacy Foundation is open up new doors for the winner of the Naz Bokhari Award and other young people, it is important that you take up every opportunity presented to you. It is important you never count yourself out, you can only limit yourself and don’t let anyone limit you”

The Ernest Bevin College Naz Bokhari Award is an annual award for students who achieve university acceptance despite adversity, who had to strive harder than others due to personal or social issues.  This award recognises resilience and perseverance, qualities that Naz had and promoted.  Nominated by their peers and teachers at the College, the winner is chosen by the Principals each year.

Boris Johnson, Mayor of London said:

“I would like to congratulate you on winning the Ernest Bevin College Naz Bokhari Award 2014.  I understand you were chosen for this award as your hard work and dedication throughout the sixth form impressed your peers, teachers and your principals, Mike Chivers and Rukhsana Sheikh, and you were selected from a strong shortlist to receive this prize.  The award is named after Naz Bokhari OBE, the first Muslim and Asian headteacher in the UK. I had the honourof supporting the launch of the foundation’s Diversity Programme earlier this year which has helped young people from across London visit our great cultural institutions for the first time and I was delighted that the foundation was awarded a Big Society Award 2014 for their work by the Prime Minister.  I wish you every success at University.”

Naz Bokhari’s daughter, Hina Bokhari said:

“The Naz Legacy Foundation is looking forward to working with Tre. We hope that he, like the previous winners, will feel like we can change his life for the better. The foundation aims to continue our father’s work by inspiring others to be the best they can be by mentoring and providing opportunities that will help our winners succeed in life.”

Jonathan Freeman, National Director of HRH Prince of Wales’ Mosaic initiative:

“You have achieved significant success in your academic studies, securing a fantastic three A* grades in your A2 examinations. To have worked so hard to achieve these awards, securing yourself a place at Exeter University to read Economics, is remarkable. The Naz Bokhari Award is a prestigious one and it is clear that you are most worthy winner. I am sure that we will hear of Tre Johnson for many years to come! Well done!”

Foundation nominated for National Diversity Awards

Foundation nominated and shortlisted for The National Diversity Awards 2014!

Paul Sesay, The National Diversity Awards Team said:

To be Shortlisted from over 21,000 nominations is a tremendous achievement, and a testament to all your organisations hard work and dedication to the equality agenda.  Once again, we have had such an unbelievable response, exceeding the amount of nominations we received last year by almost three times the amount. It’s always difficult to choose who should make the shortlist, and this year was no exception with so many inspirational people/organisations put forward for an award.

 

The National Diversity Awards are honoured to inform you that you have made the shortlist for the­ Community Organisation Award for Race, Faith, Religion! Let us be the first to Congratulate you, and wish you the very best of luck on the night!

The National Diversity Awards 2014  on Friday 26th September 2014 will be hosted by TV Star Brian Dowling & British actress/CBeebies Presenter Cerrie Burnell at the Hurlingham Club, London. The event has attracted endorsements from celebrities such as Stephen Fry, Jody Cundy, Beverley Knight and Brian Blessed who have all expressed their delight at supporting such an inspirational event!

The National Diversity Awards continues to stand out as unique as it celebrates all aspects of diversity within one ceremony including Age, Disability, Gender, Race/Religion/Faith and LGBT.

The categories for the awards are as follows: Positive Role Model, Community Organisation, Community Organisation – Multi Strand, Entrepreneurial of Excellence, Diverse Company and Lifetime Achiever!

DPM & HRH Princess Badiya presented Naz Legacy Foundation Fellowship 2014

Deputy Prime Minister & HRH Princess Badiya presented Naz Legacy Foundation Fellowship 2014 to Sandy Naire, Director of National Portrait Gallery

Deputy Prime Minister Rt Hon Nick Clegg MP and HRH Princess Badiya bint El Hassan of Jordan awarded Sandy Naire the Naz Legacy Foundation Honorary Education Fellowship 2014 at the Annual Naz Legacy Foundation Reception yesterday evening, in recognition of his work as director of National Portrait Gallery.

The event, held at Parliament’s prestigious Churchill Room, brought together over 150 leading educationalists, philanthropist and politicians to celebrate the legacy of Naz Bokhari, the first Asian / Muslim head teacher in the UK. Other speakers included The Rt Hon Eric Pickles MP (Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government) and Tristram Hunt MP (Shadow Education Secretary) was in attendance.

Earlier in the day Nick Clegg visited the National Portrait Gallery to launch the Naz Legacy Foundation’s Diversity Programme.  The Deputy Prime Minister was joined by schoolchildren from various deprived and minority communities, who had been visiting a gallery or museum for the first time to learn about the rich heritage of diverse role models in Britain.

Rt Hon Nick Clegg MP, The Deputy Prime Minister and Trustee of the National Portrait Gallery said: ‘I’m proud to support the Naz Legacy Foundation and it’s Diversity Programme.  Naz Bokhari, the first Muslim and first Asian head teacher in the UK, was a champion for education.  He believed that every young person – no matter what their background or circumstances – deserved the best quality of education available.  To ensure that for all of the children he taught, Naz Bokhari would take them to visit our country’s great galleries, museums and theatres. The Naz Legacy Foundation continues this work today, extending these brilliant opportunities to as many young people as they can.  And the National Portrait Gallery in London is just one cultural institution, which – working with the Foundation – has gone out of its way to ensure that the work it exhibits fully reflects Britain’s modern diversity, alongside its rich heritage.  For me this work matters, because it can help inspire all children to learn and succeed in their own lives.  As a champion of social mobility, I believe that everyone, whatever their background or circumstances, should have the opportunity to rise as far and high as their talents and ambitions allow them. It’s been one of my biggest priorities in the Coalition Government to ensure that happens.  So, I want to wish the Naz Legacy Foundation every success as it continues to enrich the lives of Britain’s children and helps us to build a fairer society.’

Sandy Nairne, Director, National Portrait Gallery said: ‘I am honoured to accept the Naz Legacy Foundation Fellowship 2014. The National Portrait Gallery was pleased to collaborate with the Naz Legacy Foundation on the launch of their initiative to encourage more schools to visit public galleries and museums. On 30 April, four schools had a special opportunity to visit the Gallery and encounter diverse stories, including that of Ayuba Suleiman Diallo. The Gallery’s work with diverse audiences includes various community programmes, internships and apprenticeships, and a three-year project working with NEET (not in education, employment or training) young people to encourage them to visit the Gallery for the first time.’

On awarding the Foundation with a Big Society Award on the morning of the launch of the Diversity Programme the Prime Minister Rt Hon David Cameron MP said: “Naz Legacy foundation is doing fantastic work to ensure young people across the UK are able to fulfil their potential.  The National Portrait Gallery programme launching today is yet another example of how the foundation is securing the legacy of an inspirational teacher, Nawazish Bokhari. I’m delighted to be recognising the hard work of everyone at the foundation with this Big Society Award.”

Rt Hon Ed Milliband MP, Leader of the Opposition said:  “I would like to congratulate the Naz Legacy Foundation on the launch of their National Diversity program and all the fantastic work that they do. This country has some of the greatest museums and galleries in the world and the Foundation’s work to bring young people from a range of diverse backgrounds to celebrate our rich cultural heritage in the arts is inspiring to see. This is indeed what the Labour Party and One Nation stands for, it is about empowering all in our society, whether it is in the arts, culture, science or elsewhere. It was a Labour government who introduced free access to museums and galleries so that all parts of our society can enjoy the best cultural activities this great country has to offer, Naz Bokari was a great man who had some tremendous values, it is great to see that those values are still lived on through the foundation.”

Rt Hon Sajid Javid MP, Secretary of State for Culture said: ’We are fortunate to have many wonderful museums and galleries in this country. They are hugely popular visitor attractions, enriching people’s lives and educating in equal measure.  This government is keen to ensure that people from all communities and backgrounds have the opportunity to enjoy our national museums and galleries. That is why we have continued to maintain universal free admission to the permanent collections of our national museums and galleries, which has resulted in record number of visitors. The Government’s work on cultural education has also provided the opportunity for many children and young people across the country to experience the excellence of our museums and galleries as part of their studies.  Any initiative that aims to provide even more opportunities for young people from diverse backgrounds to visit our national museums and galleries should be encouraged, to help broaden their understanding of the world.  I am pleased to add my support to the Naz Legacy Diversity Programme, and wish the programme great success in reaching out to young people who have not had the opportunity to visit our world leading museums and galleries.’

Rt Hon Michael Gove MP, Secretary of State of Education said: ‘I was delighted to read about the work that the Naz Legacy Foundation is doing to encourage children and young people to visit our museums and art galleries. We are exceptionally fortunate to have so many museums and galleries in towns and cities all over the country, which between them offer an immensely invaluable cultural and educational resource. It saddens me that so many children and young people remain unaware of the treasures that are often available in the heart of their own communities.  My department is already working with Arts Council England to provide high quality activities for large numbers of pupils in museums and galleries, linked to the curriculum. That is why the news of your Foundation’s Diversity Programme gave me such pleasure. Your father’s achievement in becoming the first Muslim head teacher of an English secondary school made a profound contribution towards the promotion of excellence in education and positive integration between communities. I am delighted to see the Foundation that bears his name continuing that work so diligently. I wish you and the Naz Legacy Foundation all the best with your Diversity Programme.’

Boris Johnson, Mayor of London said: ‘London is not only the greatest capital city in world, but London also has the greatest museums, galleries and theaters in the world.   It is important we make out great cultural institutions open and accessible to all our diverse communities in London.  I commend the Naz Legacy Foundation’s Diversity Programme.  The Foundation is continuing in the legacy of the late Naz Bokhari by organising for students who live in some of the most deprived parts of London to visit a gallery for the first time and learn about fantastic positive role models from diverse backgrounds that have made an impact in the UK.  London is one city, and all Londoners, regardless of their age, religion or race should benefit from our fantastic cultural activities.’

Zac Goldsmith MP said: ‘I was honoured to be invited to attend the launch of the Diversity Programme at our wonderful National Portrait Gallery.  I enjoyed meeting so many students who had visited a gallery for the first time, and despite my meager offering, I enjoyed taking part in one of the ‘role model’ drawing exercises during the programme.  It is important that we encourage young people from all backgrounds to visit our cultural institutions and for those institutions to diversity their collections to reflect society.

Hina Bokhari, daughter of Naz and Chair, Naz Legacy Foundation said: ‘From a young age my father would take my brother and I to visit galleries, museums and the theatre.  This was an alien concept to most ethnic minority communities in those days and it helped broaden our horizons and enrich our education outside of the classroom.  We hope the Diversity Programme enables young people who have never visited a cultural institution feel that everyone can make a positive contribution to society.’

The annual reception included video messages of support from the Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis, Former Archbishop of Canterbury Lord Rowan Williams and Lord David Puttnam.

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Naz Legacy Foundation Diversity Programme is supported by The Deputy Prime Minister’s Office, National Portrait Gallery, Times Education Supplement and HRH The Prince of Wales’ Mosaic Initiative.

 

Dignitaries who joined the schoolchildren (including students from Ernest Bevin College, where Naz become the first Asian / Muslim head teacher) at the National Portrait Gallery during the Diversity Programme included Deputy Prime Minister Rt Hon Nick Clegg MP, Zac Goldsmith MP and Valerie Vaz MP.

 

The Foundation chose The National Portrait Gallery for the launch as it is one of the leading galleries in the field of making their collections and programmes more diverse and accessible to deprived and diverse communities (http://youtu.be/3Xq0DDKt9TE).

 

The Diversity Programme has been developed by Naz Legacy Foundation.  The sessions in the National Portrait Gallery on 30 April looked into the lives and experiences of positive role models from diverse backgrounds  who have made an impact in the UK, for example: Mary Seacole (voted in 2004 as the greatest black Briton) and Ayuba Suleiman Diallo, a Muslim man who became a victim of the Atlantic slave trade, only to be bought out of slavery by public subscription in England.

Despite a rise in numbers of visitors to museums and galleries there hasn’t been a significant impact on visitors from ‘socially excluded’ communities.  A Mori study in 2000 found that people with a degree are almost four times as likely to visit a gallery as those with no formal qualification.

Annual Reception 2014: guest at the reception included Over 20 school head teachers and deputy head teachers, Sir Alan Steer (Member, Ofsted Board), Ann Morz (Editor, Times Educational Supplement), Bernadette Hunter (National President, NAHT), Stephen Howard (CEO, Business in the Community), Shabana Mahmood MP (Shadow Treasury Minister), Rushanara Ali MP (Shadow Education Minister) and representatives from Citizenship Foundation, College of Teachers, British Council, Institute of Education and Teach First.

TES: We need more positive role models

 Bushra Nasir CBE, a board member of the Naz Legacy Foundation and TES Headteacher of the Year 2012, writes:

My career in education spanned 37 years and there have been many positive role models for me as a child, teacher and headteacher. My parents were my greatest role models. My father’s focus, determination, hard work and sacrifice combined with my mother’s caring, giving and positive outlook gave me a strong foundation for life. I came to England from Pakistan at the age of eight from a very small town. An uncle who lived with us took me and my siblings to the library regularly and encouraged us in our studies. A very committed headteacher of my primary school took me under his wing to teach me English one afternoon a week. When I transferred from a secondary modern school to a grammar school, a Latin teacher, Mrs Marsh, taught me a two-year Latin course in four months by giving up her lunchtimes.

As a senior teacher, meeting Rajinder Johal, a local authority advisor, on a ‘Women into Management’ course inspired me greatly. She was the first senior Asian post holder that I had come across. As a head, the lead inspector of my first Ofsted inspection, Sylvia Richardson, empowered me with self-confidence and belief so that I could lead the school to outstanding. The late Mr Bokhari, the first male Muslim headteacher of a state secondary school, gave me very valuable advice and support. He guided me in my role as a new school leader and throughout my career.

The list could go on.

In 1993, I was appointed as head of Plashet School for Girls in Newham, East London. This school was situated in a deprived area and served an ethnically-diverse community. When I was informed by a newspaper that I was the first Muslim female secondary head, I was surprised and felt a great sense of honour and privilege. I also felt a sense of responsibility to be not only a positive role model for my students and staff, but also the parents and local community. I was determined to excel in the job so that I could inspire my students and encourage other Muslim women to consider entering the teaching profession and even headship.

In short, I wanted to become a role model like the ones that had so helped me.

Mostly, I wanted to be a positive role model for the students by having a high profile around the school, leading assemblies, teaching for a considerable part of my headship and being easily accessible to them. I encouraged my students to have high aspirations and also be proud of their gender, linguistic abilities, culture and religion. I wore shalwar kameez (traditional Pakistani dress) every day to show them my pride in my Pakistani roots. I shared my life experiences with students and how I came to England at a young age. I explained how I had gone from being unable to read or write English to being the first female in my family to go to university.

For many students, these were ‘lightbulb’ moments, as they could envisage a future that was different from their parents. I have had the privilege of seeing many successful students go on to careers in a wide range of professions, including teaching, law, science, business and medicine. Many former students regularly returned to school to thank me and the staff for our support and guidance. These women were inspired to be successful in their education and are now positive role models in their own professions and society at a large.

Teachers can also be inspired when they are led by headteachers who inspire them. It is important that they are included as part of the decision-making process and their contribution is valued. A positive school ethos is nurtured when there is clear accountability and trust. I had the privilege of leading such a school for 20 years. My staff worked with me and ‘went the extra mile’ to help our students. Our positive school ethos ensured that our school achievement was raised from 28 per cent hitting the five A*-C benchmark to 84 per cent. The progression to post-16 education also increased from 50 per cent to 98 per cent. I feel that it was the teachers who were the key drivers of this success; the leadership team were the catalyst for the change.

As a head, I have had the opportunity to act as a role model to other school leaders. Leading a Beacon and Leading Edge School allowed me to share our good practice with other schools. I trained to be a School Improvement Partner (SIP) and a headteacher mentor where I was able to advise and coach other headteachers. Being appointed onto the General Teaching Council (GTC) gave me a national profile and it allowed me to use my experience to influence many important national decisions. Although I retired in 2012, I continue to support school leaders, sharing my wealth of experience and what I have learnt from other educationalists.

We all need good role models in our lives. My success can be attributed to the many positive role models who developed my self-confidence, self-belief and discipline. I hope that I have been a positive role model, helped to change young peoples’ lives, change expectations and counter stereotypes, thus enriching our profession.

Later today, the deputy prime minister, Nick Clegg, will be visiting the National Portrait Gallery to launch the Naz Legacy Foundation’s Diversity ProgrammeHe will be joining schoolchildren from various deprived and minority communities, who will be visiting a gallery or museum for the first time to learn about the rich heritage of diverse role models in Britain.

Mayor of London supports Diversity Programme

Secretary of State for Culture supports Diversity Programme

Deputy Prime Minister to launch Diversity Programme

 

The Deputy Prime Minister, Rt Hon Nick Clegg MP will be visiting the National Portrait Gallery to launch the Naz Legacy Foundation’s Diversity Programme.  The Deputy Prime Minister will be joining schoolchildren from various deprived and minority communities, who will be visiting a gallery or museum for the first time to learn about the rich heritage of diverse role models in Britain.

 

The Deputy Prime Minister and Trustee of the National Portrait Gallery said:

‘I’m proud to support the Naz Legacy Foundation’s Diversity Programme.  Naz Bokhari, the first Muslim and first Asian head teacher in the UK, was a champion for education.  He believed that every young person – no matter what their background or circumstances – deserved the best quality of education available.  To ensure that for all of the children he taught, Naz Bokhari would take them to visit our country’s great galleries, museums and theatres. The Naz Legacy Foundation continues this work today, extending these brilliant opportunities to as many young people as they can.  And the National Portrait Gallery in London is just one cultural institution, which – working with the Foundation – has gone out of its way to ensure that the work it exhibits fully reflects Britain’s modern diversity, alongside its rich heritage.  For me this work matters, because it can help inspire all children to learn and succeed in their own lives.  As a champion of social mobility, I believe that everyone, whatever their background or circumstances, should have the opportunity to rise as far and high as their talents and ambitions allow them. It’s been one of my biggest priorities in the Coalition Government to ensure that happens.  So, I want to wish the Naz Legacy Foundation every success as it continues to enrich the lives of Britain’s children and helps us to build a fairer society.’

 

Sandy Nairne, Director, National Portrait Gallery said:

‘The National Portrait Gallery is pleased to collaborate with the Naz Legacy Foundation on the launch of their initiative to encourage more schools to visit public galleries and museums. Four schools will have a special opportunity to visit the Gallery and encounter diverse stories, including that of Ayuba Suleiman Diallo. The Gallery’s work with diverse audiences includes various community programmes, internships and apprenticeships, and a three-year project working with NEET (not in education, employment or training) young people to encourage them to visit the Gallery for the first time.’

 

Naz Legacy Foundation Diversity Programme is supported by The Deputy Prime Minister’s Office, National Portrait Gallery, Times Education Supplement and HRH The Prince of Wales’ Mosaic Initiative.

Other dignitaries joining the schoolchildren will include HRH Princess Badiya bint El Hassan, Zac Goldsmith MP and Rt Hon Keith Vaz MP.

The Foundation chose The National Portrait Gallery for the launch as it is one of the leading galleries in the field of making their collections and programmes more diverse and accessible to deprived and diverse communities.

The Diversity Programme has been developed by the Naz Legacy Foundation.  The sessions in the National Portrait Gallery will look into the lives and experiences of positive role models from diverse backgrounds  who have made an impact in the UK, for example: Mary Seacole (voted in 2004 as the greatest black Briton) and Ayuba Suleiman Diallo, a Muslim man who became a victim of the Atlantic slave trade, only to be bought out of slavery by public subscription in England.

Despite a rise in numbers of visitors to museums and galleries there hasn’t been a significant impact on visitors from ‘socially excluded’ communities.  A Mori study in 2000 found that people with a degree are almost four times as likely to visit a gallery as those with no formal qualification.

 

 

Who was Diallo?

Dr Lucy Peltz, 18th Century Curator, introduces the portrait of Ayuba Suleiman Diallo by William Hoare.

Extracts from the National Portrait Gallery Website: http://www.npg.org.uk/whatson/diallo/diallo.php

William Hoare’s compelling painting of Ayuba Suleiman Diallo is the first portrait of a black African Muslim and freed slave. An educated man from a family of Muslim clerics in West Africa, whose family traded cattle and other commodities including slaves, in 1731 Diallo was taken into slavery. He arrived in London in 1733 where he mixed with high and intellectual society, was introduced at Court and was bought out of slavery through a public appeal. After nearly a year in England, he was one of the few victims of the transatlantic slave trade to return to his family in Africa.

Find out more about the history of slavery in Britain and the road to abolition here
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The portrait of Ayuba Suleiman Diallo is on long-term loan to the National Portrait Gallery, from the Orientalist Museum, Doha (OM 762). 

Diallo’s Portrait

 

 

Image: PORTRAIT ON LONG-TERM LOAN TO THE NATIONAL PORTRAIT GALLERY, LONDON

L245 Ayuba Suleiman Diallo (Job ben Solomon) by William Hoare OM.762 (c) Orientalist Museum, Doha.