The Naz Bokhari Award 2016 winner is …

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Bilaal Ahmed has been announced as the 5th Naz Bokhari Award winner.

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.

We would like to congratulate Bilaal on graduating from Ernest Bevin College attaining a place at King’s College London in Medicine.

Lambeth Palace Interfaith Iftar

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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 on Monday the 27th of June 2016. Speakers included The Archbishop of Canterbury, Cheif Rabbi and the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan.

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The event empowered and raised the aspirations of 100 young people aged 18-25 years old (the average age was 21!), representing all 32 boroughs of London, from all faiths and none and provied wonderful opportunity to celebrate faith in the centre of our vibrant and diverse capital.

The young people came together to discuss how they best thought they could bring faith and non faith communities together in London for the betterment of all our communities – and a number of them are now putting plans together to implement their ideas.

The event was covered by ITN Evening News and following:

https://www.facebook.com/Ashton/posts/10153488969992820

http://aplus.com/a/j-k-rowling-tweet-sadiq-khan-break-ramadan-fast?c=13274&utm_campaign=i102&utm_source=a97746

https://twitter.com/jk_rowling/status/748068631486074880?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw

http://news.sky.com/story/1718769/people-using-brexit-as-sham-for-their-hatred

http://www.theguardian.com/politics/video/2016/jun/28/london-mayor-sadiq-khan-zero-tolerance-on-racism-video

http://www.theguardian.com/politics/2016/jun/28/uk-faith-leaders-unite-in-condemning-post-referendum-rise-in-xenophobic-abuse?CMP=twt_gu

http://www.anglicannews.org/news/2016/06/call-for-unity-as-brexit-vote-sparks-racist-attacks.aspx

http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/archbishop-canterbury-condemns-racist-attacks-8305042

http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/entry/racism-after-brexit_uk_57739a20e4b081f48abaad25?edition=uk&utm_hp_ref=uk

http://jewishnews.timesofisrael.com/chief-rabbi-joins-sadiq-khan-and-archbishop-to-break-ramadan-fast/

http://www.christiantoday.com/article/justin.welby.evil.willed.people.are.using.brexit.as.excuse.to.give.vent.to.hatred/89401.htm

https://www.facebook.com/ajplusenglish/videos/752838034857706/

https://www.buzzfeed.com/alanwhite/dawwww-group-hug?utm_term=.wqQewvkVy#.iyzY2QGZn

http://olofofounited.com/muslims-join-london-mayor-and-archbishop-of-canterbury-to-break-ramadan-fast-photos/

http://episcopaldigitalnetwork.com/ens/2016/06/28/interfaith-call-for-unity-as-brexit-vote-sparks-racist-attacks/

 

We would like to thank:
Bishop of Bradford Rt Rev Toby Howorth 
Lamebeth Palace: Rt Rev Mark Poulson, Katie, Louise and Ailsa 
City Hall: David Bellemy, Leah and Nadeem
Office of the Chief Rabbi: Dan
Patchwork Foundation: Imran Sanaullah
Church of England: Kat Brealey
Mitzvah Day: Daniela Pears 

Sponsors : 
Amersi Foundation, Dorfman Foundation, Sayed Bukhari Foundation and Pears Foundation.

Photos taken by:
Alastair Fyfe – [email protected]
and @rooful_al

Diversity Programme 2016 – Great institutions of State

 

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Diversity Programme educates young minds of the importance of the institutions of state and voting.

Date: Monday 16th May 2016

Venues: Special Venue, Royal Over-Seas League Club, Parliament, House of Lords & 10 Downing Street

During the day 50 students from 5 schools from attended sessions with:

 

Guest Speaker: The Role of the Monarchy in the 21st Century & HRH Prince of Wales

Deputy Lieutenant of Surrey – Brigadier PAD Evans OBE DL: Role of the Monarchy & Her Majesty The Queen

Baroness Stowell, Leader of the Lords: Role of Parliament and the importance of voting

The diversity programme, supported by Mosaic, a mentoring initiative founded by HRH The Prince of Wales and the Times Education Supplement, encourages young people from deprived and minority communities to visit a cultural institutions for the first time and learn about the rich heritage of diverse role models in Britain.

The Prime Minister, Rt Hon David Cameron MP said:

‘I am delighted to once again lend my support to the Naz Legacy Foundation’s Diversity Programme, and welcome the vital role that it plays in educating students about how government works and the importance of voting.

 

It is crucial that people of all age groups and backgrounds participate in our democracy.  Democracy has to be inclusive and representative – one way we can ensure that is to cerebrate programmes like this, which represents these very qualities.

 

Her Majesty The Queen is at the heart of our constitution and serves this country with outstanding dedication, grace and humility.  As we celebrate Her Majesty’s 90th birthday year, I am please your students will be able to learn more how Her role contributes to and complements our vibrant democracy.’

 

Leader of the House of Lords (Baroness Stowell of Beeston) said:

‘I am delighted to support the the Naz Legacy Foundation’s Diversity Programme in opening up our great public institutions to young people from all backgrounds.  It is vital that everyone has a determination to be successful and is able to play their part in public life.  With events in Parliament the Foundation is helping those from some of our most disadvantaged communities gain the confidence to they need to do just that.

 

Hina Bokhari, daughter of the late Naz Bokhari said:

‘There has never been a more important time to educate young people from challenging backgrounds about the importance of the State and voting.’

Michael More-Molyneux, HM Lord-Lieutenant of Surry said:

I am delighted to support the Naz Legacy Foundation Diversity Programme and its work on educating young people about the role of the government and the monarchy .  Since my appointment as Lord-Lieutenant of Surrey, I have been committed about encouraging and supporting the voluntary, charitable sectors. It is wonderful that this foundation promotes excellence in education and positive integration and helps children learn about British society. The foundation continues the legacy of the inspirational Naz Bokhari, the first Muslim Asian head teacher in Britain, who lived in Surrey most of his life. He encouraged his children to visit local educational sights and this continues to be the aim of the charity set up by his children today.    In the year we celebrate her Majesty the Queen’s 90th birthday, the Diversity programme will give young people a chance to visit a Royal household, Houses of Parliament and 10 Downing St, which will be a truly unforgettable and inspiring day. I wish them a successful day and experience.

Feedback from Teachers and Students:

Chris Hill Teacher – Park View School said:

The chance to visit a Royal Household, 10 Downing Street and the Houses of Parliament is not something many of us ever get to experience, even less so for students at our school. For many, these institutions are seen as an almost parallel universe, something reserved for the privileged and not for students from often disadvantaged backgrounds. They see them on TV, hear about them, but often find them unobtainable.  Experiences like Monday are vital for our students. They start to break down the idea that Parliament is an exclusive club, that class will always prevail over hard work, that it’s who you know and not what you know and it shows them if they dedicate themselves to a goal, anything is achievable and nothing is out of reach.  While there is still much work to be done to make it a level playing field for students from our school, your organisation is doing vital work that can only help us instil in our students aspirations that go far beyond the classroom. Your engagement with the students was an added bonus as they need to see how positive role models, other than their teachers, interact with each other. It will help shape them as individuals.

Adrian Clarke Teacher, Ernest Bevin College said:

The educational experience was invaluable … . (speakers) comments made a strong impact on all of our pupils all.  This day combines both active citizenship with historical symbolism and showcases education at is best. I am convinced that it has left a positive impression and an indelible mark on the imagination of all our pupils.

Misba Mulan – Eden Girls Student said:

(day) has made me realise how young people from all backgrounds and all genders believe they could be in those positions too one day. Many people think young Muslim women aren’t capable of much and don’t expect a lot from them , this shows them what we’re cable of.

Jonathan Payne  – Westminster Academy Teacher said:

(day) gave our students a unique insight into some important aspects of British cultural heritage

William Bówles  – Park View School Student said:

I think the trip helps with aspirations because previously I thought that a lot of these types of places were for certain people only, like have those who have a rich background. There is still a lot to do with class and privilege but I realised I can also make it there if I want to.

Oscar Souchaud – Westminster Academy Student said:

gave me an insight into the royal family, more particularly I enjoyed finding out how important of a role Prince Charles had …..  made the whole political system seem less distant to me

Mahriya Zahid – Eden Girls Student said:

I think it was amazing that people from all different backgrounds were there and it really helped understand that this country is a very diverse place and I am very proud of that.

Sumayyah Bhana – Eden Girls Student said:

Diversity – before this day I never really knew what diversity was. Now, I realise that it means loads of people (of all cultures, ages and types) coming together to celebrate something amazing. Being British.

Mehmetcan Bayar  – Park View School Student said:

I personally enjoyed going to the Houses of Parliament as when I’m older would one day like to become Prime Minister and this has really widened my horizon into how important this job is, plus this trip has really affected my self-esteem in a positive way and made me believe in myself more. Furthermore I would like to really thank you with this beautiful trip that I never in my life would’ve thought that I could’ve been invited to, I really appreciated the fact that I got to learn more about my home country.  It was huge opportunity to meet Tina Stowell who taught us that anyone can do whatever they want with their life, as long as they work hard.

Anton Hague – Park View School Student said:

My favourite part was being in House of Commons with Baroness Stowell because we were so close to the place where the decisions that change the country are made. I’d one day like to try and influence our country for the better.

Erol – Park View School Student said:

In terms of aspirations it has allowed me to take an interest in politics, so hopefully when I am older I can be a politician and help makes people’s lives better.

Sharwyn Gordon, Ernest Bevin College said:

(day) was a life changing experience

Safa Tuema & Aleksandras Liauska – Westminster Academy Students | Maria-Lilya Abbas – Eden Girls Student | Mehmetcan Bayar & Barry Chimonides & Anton Hague  – Park View School Student said:

 opportunity of a lifetime

 

The Naz Bokhari Award 2015 winner is …

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Left to Right: Hina Bokhari, Tre Johnson, Viknesh Jeevachandran, Rukhsana Sheikh & Imran Sanaullah

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Imran Sanaullah the inaugural winner of the Naz Bokhari Award presented the Ernest Bevin College Naz Bokhari Award 2015 to Viknesh Jeevachandran.

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 Viknesh with a crystal award and cheque for £500 to support him in his first year at university.

Mayor of London, Boris Johnson said:A surprised Viknesh Jeevachandran who achieved grades A*, A* and A in Psychology, Biology and English Literature respectively and is going on to the University of Bath do study Psychology. said:

“To be chosen as the winner of this award amongst many deserving nominees is a great privilege and adds immensely to the fond memories I will have of Ernest Bevin College. It was thanks to the support of great friends, family and teachers that I am able to pursue my career at my dream university and look forward to working with the Naz Legacy foundation along the way”

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.

Board member and Managing Director of HRH Prince of Wales’s mentoring charity Mosaic said:

“Achieving this award is a brilliant achievement of which I am sure you and your family are incredibly proud.  The Naz Bokhari Award is a prestigious one and you are a most worthy winner.’

Naz Bokhari’s daughter, Hina Bokhari said:

“The Naz Legacy Foundation is looking forward to working with Viknesh.  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.”

Later that week 2014 winner Tre Johnson and 2015 winner Viknesh Jeevachandran get a private tour of Clarence House and joined by 2012 winner Imran Sanaullah to have dinner and a tour of the kitchen of The Savoy Grill – Gordan Ramsay’s Restaurant.

Diversity Programme 2015 – Great institutions of State

Diversity Programme educates young minds of the importance of the institutions of state and voting in the general elections

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Date: Thursday 26th March 2015

Venues: Clarence House, St James’s Palace, Royal Over-Seas League Club,  10 Downing Street, Parliament, House of Lords and Speakers House

Sessions with:

Jamie Bowden, HRH Prince of Wales Deputy Private Secretary: The Role of the Monarchy in the 21st Century
Hitan Mehta, Executive Director of HRH Prince of Wales’s Charity British Asian Trust: What is like to be the most senior ethnic minority working for HRH Prince of Wales
Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson: Importance of voting and the General Elections
Mr Speaker Rt Hon John Bercow MP: Role of Mr Speaker and Parliament

Last year the Deputy Prime Minister, Rt Hon Nick Clegg MP launched the Naz Legacy Foundation Diversity Programme at the National Portrait Gallery.  The diversity programme, supported by Deputy Prime Minister’s office, Mosaic, a mentoring initiative founded by HRH The Prince of Wales and the Times Education Supplement, encourages young people from deprived and minority communities to visit a cultural institutions for the first time and learn about the rich heritage of diverse role models in Britain.

On his experience of the day, the Deputy Prime Minister commented:

‘One of my favourite moments of the last 5 years as Deputy Prime Minister was launching the Naz Legacy Diversity Programme. The Diversity Programme does fantastic work and inspires us precisely because it shows how we can enrich the lives of Britain’s children. In doing it helps build a fairer society and in which every child can realise their aspirations, irrespective of their background.  The message of this year’s Diversity Programme is hugely important, and I hope it is heard across the political spectrum. The Naz Legacy Foundation doesn’t just understand what kind of change is needed but is making it happen – and that is why it has my wholehearted support.’

During the day 70 students from 6 schools from deprived communities:

Visited Clarence House and were treated with Duchy drinks and biscuits. Each student was presented with a pack about The Prince of Wales and picture postcards of the Princes including Prince George
Talk and Q&A session with Jamie Bowden – Deputy Private Secretary for HRH The Prince of Wales about Royal Duties and The Role of the Monarchy in the 21st Century
Tour of the State Apartments, St James’s Palace including the Throne Room
Packed lunch at the Royal Over-Seas League Club
Talk and Q&A session with Hitan Mehta, Executive Director of HRH Prince of Wales’s Charity British Asian Trust about his role as the most senior ethnic minority working for HRH Prince of Wales
Visit to Number 10 Downing Street with picture taken outside the famous black doors
Personal tour of Parliament by Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson
Talk and Q&A session with Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson in the House of Lords about importance of voting and the General Elections
Witnessing the end precession of the final sitting of the House of Commons before the general elections with Black Rod and Mr Speaker
Tour of Speakers House
Talk and Q&A session with Mr Speaker Rt Hon John Bercow MP at Speakers’ House about the role of Mr Speaker and Parliament

Rt Hon Nicky Morgan MP, Secretary of State for Education said:

‘At this General Election it’s crucial that young people make their voice heard. That’s why I’m delighted that the Naz Legacy Diversity Programme, set up in memory of the inspirational educator Naz Bokhari, is focusing its efforts on educating young students, many of whom live in some of our most deprived communities, about the importance of taking part in the democratic process, making their voice heard and voting in the next general election’

Mr Speaker, Rt Hon John Bercow MP said:

‘It was an honour to welcome the fantastic students from the Naz Legacy Diversity Programme to the mother of all parliaments and to my home, Speaker’s House.  It has never been a more important time for young people to engage in politics.  The Naz Legacy Foundation’s Diversity Programme is playing a vital role in educating students about the importance of the our democracy and the need for everyone to exercise their right to vote.’

Boris Johnson, Mayor of London said:

‘Congratulations again to the fantastic Naz Legacy Foundation on its Diversity Programme. Last year, it inspired many young Londoners with visits to the best museums and galleries the capital has to offer. This year, it enthused young people about the importance of political participation in the heart of democracy, Westminster. I am sure it was be an amazing day and I would like to thank the Foundation for its important work it does for young people in London.’

Jonathan Freeman, Managing Director of Mosaic, says:

‘Mosaic is delighted to be partnering with the Naz Legacy Foundation to offer such a life-changing opportunity to our young people. The Diversity Programme enables our students to take the mentoring they have received to the next level, by realising that each and every one of them can fulfil their potential to make a difference at the highest levels of our country.’

Hina Bokhari, daughter of the late Naz Bokhari adds:

‘There has never been a more important time to educate young people from challenging backgrounds about the importance of the State and voting in the General Elections.’

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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Former Pupil speech at Lab14

Naz Bokhari’s former pupil, Shadow Justice Secretary Rt Hon Sadiq Khan MP talks about his former head teacher and role model at his conference speech.

‘And because of Labour school governors and a Labour education authority, one of the country’s first Asian heads was appointed to my school. Naz Bokhari. He transformed the school. He became my role model and mentor. Helping me realise your skin colour or background wasn’t a barrier to making something with your life.’

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.

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.