Festival of Flight in Dewsbury, West Yorkshire

February 24, 2010

A recent event was held at Earlsheaton Technology College to launch the Festival of Flight, involving young people at 15 locations in Dewsbury, West Yorkshire. Festival of Flight is organised by the Heartstone social enterprise whose mission is ‘challenging racism, prejudice and intolerance.” The highlight was a live phone linkup to two of the living black pioneers of flying in Tuskegee, Alabama. The linkup featured Mildred Carter, the first black woman to gain a pilot’s licence in the southern USA, fighting both gender as well as race prejudice, who went on to become part of the Civil Rights Movement marching alongside Martin Luther King and also Herbert Carter, one of the black Tuskegee Airmen who fought in the Second Word War. They linked up in several conversations with the Rt. Hon. Shahid Malik,  Under Secretary of State for Communities and MP for Dewsbury and several young people including Ambassadors of Flight, young people with a special role in promoting the Festival of Flight nation-wide.

The Festival of Flight involves an    exhibition whose main purpose is to provide a vehicle to bring together groups who would otherwise not meet from different backgrounds, nationalities, races and cultures. Our photo here shows Councillor Masood Ahmed, Chair of the Dewsbury Area Committee, with young people and airmen from the modern UK Armed Forces at Earlsheaton Technology College.


Safeguarding Children in madressahs and supplementary schools

February 24, 2010

New publication for madressahs and supplementary schools in the UK

The full-colour guide Safeguarding Children – Guidance for madressahs and supplementary schools is unique in covering the requirements of the many supplementary schools in the UK, as well as the needs of madressahs. It is based on the latest legislation to safeguard children and young people. The editor is Shakeel Hafez, Supplementary Schools Co-ordinator with Kirklees Council’s Children and Young People Service. I recently attended the launch of the 2010 edition at the Al-Hikmah Centre in Batley, West Yorkshire. Shakeel is a colleague of mine who I have known since 2003 when I collected the Community Care magazine’s annual award for the predecessor of the Safeguarding Children guide.

Buy it on-line from:

Safeguarding Children – Guidance for madressahs and supplementary schools

Shakeel also has a new blog of great interest to the Muslim community in Batley, West Yorkshire.