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Muslim Education Fair 2012

Issue: Summer 2012

to create a stimulating and innovative learning environment for all learners.

Explore – Share - Innovate The education fair held on Sunday 4th March 2012 was the first of its kind, showcasing the very best of Muslim education in Britain, and housing over 50

The opening ceremony attracted a large number of visitors who listened to a number of keynote speeches from high profile personalities including Lakhte Hassanain (Chairman, Muslim Hands International), Mayor Lutfur Rahman (London Borough of

exhibitors including Schools, Supplementary Schools, Education organisations, Universities & Research Institutes, Charities, Public Service Providers and Publishers. Over 1500 visitors attended this unique event exploring the latest developments in Muslim education, networking with other educators, sharing good practice and learning how


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Tower Hamlets), Dr. Abdul Bari MBE (Chairman of East London Mosque & Former Secretary General of MCB), Baron Maurice Glasman of Stoke Newington and Mohammed Akram Khan-Cheema OBE (CEO of IBERR).

Muslim population and the education being provided is, in many cases, leading the way. Muslim educational institutions are now demonstrating a unique confidence and can successfully marry the western system with a more spiritual and religious approach. The first session (morning) was devoted to those directly involved in education, and was the ideal opportunity to network and converse with fellow Muslim Educators. The ‘Learning Café’ provided the perfect opportunity to relax and chat with other teachers, publishers or lecturers about enhancing Muslim Education in Britain. The ‘Learning Zone’ included presentations from a variety of schools showcasing exciting projects and initiatives.

In the afternoon, the doors were opened to the general public, providing an excellent opportunity for institutions and organisations to publicise themselves, whether advertising a school or business. It is an exciting time to be involved in Muslim Education in Britain. A confidence is growing amongst the

Y-Lead Presentation Ceremony 2012

Over 200 young people who attended one of eight Y-Lead programmes were awarded at our 4th annual Y-Lead Presentation evening in March 2012: ‘Celebrating Youth Leadership’. The Y-Lead programme has seen phenomenal success in the past year with its flag ship programme in both East and West London filling up places in less than a week, other programmes include ‘Y –Lead for Schools’ and ‘Y-Lead in the community’ taking place at a number of other locations. The programme continues to be a six week intensive course that allows participants to explore and develop key leadership skills through topics such as communication, team working and conflict resolution. Speakers who have contributed to the programme include third sector instructors, local councillors, youth organisations and educationalists. In recognition of the hard work of the participants during the intensive six weeks, we invited facilitators, key stake holders, community leaders, partners and parents to celebrate the programme coming to an end. The evening was filled with inspirational speeches and delicious food.


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dents really enjoyed. Overall his experience in Nepal was life changing and has made him appreciate life even more.

Nida Trust Sponsors Muslim Writers Awards

Listening to participants speak so confidently and articulately on stage was evidence of the growing impact of the Y-Lead programme which is now fast becoming the leading youth leadership programme amongst the Muslim community. The youth department have received many more requests to run the programme at their centre or school next year. Insha’Allah, next year will no doubt be another success for the Y-Lead programme encouraging more and more young people to make a positive difference to their communities.

Shahin's experience in Nepal On the 10th of July 2011 Shahin Ahmed, our Y-Lead Programme Co-ordinator for East London and Trustee of Nida Trust along with 10 other international volunteers embarked on a 3 month journey to Nepal as part of a new scheme funded by the U.K Government known as International citizen service. The organisation he went to Nepal with was Restless Development. During his time in Nepal they set up a new library, raised money for the local school by organising a talent show and motivated the community to take positive action to improve their community. They also set up a new mentoring scheme in order to help the young people improve their reading, writing and speaking (English). By being part of Nida Trust and having the experience in leading Y -lead programme (youth leadership programme), Shahin was able to support some of the classes in the local schools which the young stu-

Nida Trust was one of the official sponsors of the Muslim Writers Awards 2011 which took place on Tues 22nd November 2011 at the prestigious Shakespeare's Globe Theatre in London. Babar Mirza, Vice-Chair and Director of Education for Nida Trust, said that "Nida Trust wishes to congratulate the Muslim Writers’ Awards team for their invaluable

efforts in inspiring and empowering Muslim writers to make a difference through the written word. As long as the written word has existed it has been used as a tool for social change. The Muslim Writers’ Awards is a gathering to celebrate and promote the word as a catalyst for change, and provides an opportunity for aspiring writers to share their thoughts, fears, hopes and dreams and inspire one another to create the kind of change that helps build better communities."

You Teach Programme This year the You Teach Programme has supported 30 trainee teachers, newly qualified teachers


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(NQTs) and other more experienced teachers (PostNQTs) through half termly support sessions. Trainee teachers have learned about delivering good lessons, effective classroom management, assessment for learning and applying for their first teaching position. NQTs learned about delivering outstanding lessons, effective questioning and effective provision for G&T students. The Post-NQTs have learned about successfully leading a school project, aspiration, influence and school culture, as well as coaching and mentoring. The trainee teachers will be awarded for gaining qualified teachers status at the National Muslim Teachers Creativity and Innovation Awards 2012 on Sat 2nd June 2012.

Professional Studies for Primary School Teachers' Foundation Level All three parts of the Professional Studies for Primary School Teachers' foundation course were de-

vanced level course was delivered over three consecutive Saturdays in London. The course was delivered by three experienced practitioners, including Sr. Humaira Saleem, Headteacher of Suffah Primary School, who covered the topic of ''Creative Curriculum: How to plan an integrated, creative and skills based curriculum to reignite learning in children', Sr. Someera Butt, Headteacher of Al-Noor Primary School who covered the topic of 'Unleashing Potential - Promoting the Emotional Development of Pupils', and Sr. Farah Ahmed & Sr. Foziya Reddy, Headteachers of Islamic Shakhsiyah Foundation who covered the topic of ‘Using Dialogic Principles to develop thinking in the Primary Classroom’.

Professional Studies for Headteachers

livered over three consecutive Saturdays in London. The course was delivered by three experienced practitioners, including Sr. Humaira Saleem, Headteacher of Suffah Primary School, who covered the topic of 'Classroom Management, Organisation and Delivery', Br. Majid Ishaque, Deputy-Headteacher of Al-Noor Primary School who covered the topic of 'Planning and Assessment', and Sr. Foziya Reddy, Headteacher of Islamic Shakhsiyah Foundation who covered the topic of 'Children and Individual Needs'.

Professional Studies for Primary School Teachers' Advanced Level Following the Foundation Level course, the Professional Studies for Primary School Teachers' Ad-

Four parts of the six part Headteachers’ course have taken place so far this year. Experienced education consultant Sr. Firdos Qazi, and experienced headteachers Sr. Someera Butt (Al-Noor Primary School) and Sr. Humaira Saleem (Suffah Primary School) have delivered thought provoking sessions to a group of Headteachers. Topics have included Developing Effective School Systems; Ensuring accountability & Effective use of school performance data; School Self Evaluation & Improvement; Communication & Personal Skills. The remaining two sessions will take place in June and will cover Driving Initiatives & Change Management; Managing Staff/Conflict Resolution & Developing staff.

Muslim Head Teacher's Forum Headteachers from across London and the surrounding areas have met every half term this year to network and share ideas. In addition to a packed agenda relating to how Muslim schools can work together, themes for each meeting have included Bullying & Emotional Development, Dealing with


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Supplementary Schools Support Service A team of qualified teachers from Nida Trust conducted a number of mini inspections of Madaris

Complaints, Whole School Literacy, Quality Assurance of Teaching and Learning and Effective Partnerships with Parents. The forum has also had the pleasure of being joined by Siôn Humphreys from the National Association of Headteachers (NAHT). The final Headteachers’ forum meeting of the year will take place on Thurs 14th June 2012 and will discuss the theme of ‘School Culture & Behaviour’.

School Home Partnership The School-Home Partnership workshops and seminars have been a big hit this year taking place at community centres across London including

across the London area evaluating and identifying areas for development ranging from teaching/learning to policies and safeguarding / child protection. In addition, our Supplementary Schools Teacher Training courses have taken place three times this year attracting 25 teachers from a variety of supplementary schools and madaris. The teachers have learned about ‘Planning for Learning’, ‘Learning Styles’ and ‘Assessing Pupil Progress & Providing Feedback’.

SCETT 30th Anniversary Annual Conference 2011: 'Teacher Education: Past, Present and Future' Whitechapel, Wembley, Harrow, Leyton, and Greenwich, attracting over 400 parents. The workshops and seminars addressed some of the reasons why Muslim children are underachieving at school and highlighted the impact of parental participation on a child's development and education. The workshops and seminars have also provided parents with practical tips on how to support their child's education at home and at school. Further workshops and seminars are planned later this term for Dollis Hill and Queen Park in NW London.

On Friday 25 November, Br. Amjad Malik, School Leadership Development Coordinator for Nida Trust spoke at the SCETT (Standing Committee for the Education and Training of Teachers) 30th Anniversary Annual Conference 2011 entitled 'Teacher Education: Past, Present and Future'. Br. Amjad presented a case study from Nida Trust which included the work of our You Teach Programme in supporting ethnic minority teachers in schools.

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Y-LEAD for Community Centres Y - Lead for community took place at Noor Ul Islam from the 8th October to 12th November 2011, every Saturday from 2pm-5pm. This 6 weeks professional youth development course targeted young people age 14-20. Youth Programme was based on the following topics: Effective Leadership Communication skills/Express Yourself Conflict resolution Influencing others Motivation Developing a campaign. The course was structured in order to build a bridge between curricular studies and the world the youth encounters.

developing an effective campaign and the final session ties in everything the participants have learnt in the past two weeks into one session where the main focus is our best example the Prophet Muhammad PBUH. We hope that by the end of the 6 weeks the pupils taking part increase their ability to communicate with others in their society using an open mind in order to understand and tolerate others and to be proactive and to take the initiative when the feel they want to make a change however small and to understand their purpose and worth.

An Insight into Islam Programme Insight into Islam was launched on 30th October 2011 at Ebrahim Community College. The main purpose of the course is to enable the participants to understand the practical implications of different as-

Each week guest speakers were invited to deliver part of the session, enlightening and giving an in depth understanding and support to the participants. With over 23 participants each week, we have received the following feedbacks: “It helped me build skills that youth need in life” Yasmeen Mukadam “Motivates the youth in to good leaders and good people” Yahya Abdi “This type of programme is incredibly useful and it gives the youth in the communitysupport and guidance” Ozma Najib

Y-LEAD for Schools Y-LEAD for schools is a six-week leadership course mainly aimed at school pupils between the ages of 14 to 16. The topics covered include conflict resolution, goal setting, communication skills, motivation,

pects of Islamic teachings namely: Reforming Message, Knowledge, Leaders, Neighbours, Friends and Freedom. The course is designed to allow students to have dialogue, debate and discuss current issues from an Islamic and non Islamic perspective. The students feel overwhelmed to have a platform where they can freely express their views without feeling restricted and have shown a strong support for Nida Trust’s ‘Creative Delivery Style’.

Train the Trainer Workshop Over 22 young people participated in our training the trainer programme this year on Saturday and Sunday (1st & 2nd October). These young people were selected from the last year’s Y – Lead (youth leadership programme) to play a leading role in delivering the youth leadership programmes in various centres. On Saturday, the young people explored what makes an outstanding youth leadership session, how young people learn and did a draft plan of a youth leadership session which they shared with others in the class. On Sunday, each participant did a role of teaching part of youth leadership session


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while others in the class acted as students. They were observed by experienced youth leaders and were given constructive feedback on how well they did and what can be done to improve further. One participant commented that the train the trainer programme boosted their confidence and is now far more confident to lead a session.

Parenting for Life

areas focused on the theme of the Qur’an during that week. The week included a variety of school based activities which culminated in a very successful celebratory event at Suffah Primary School, in Hounslow, West London, where students’ work was exhibited as part of an exhibition and students also delivered presentations other students, teachers and parents.

History of Islamic Education: Past, Present and the Future This unique course was held at the Institute of Education, University of London and was organised jointly by Nida Trust, Ibn Jabal Institute, Islamic Circles and the Institute of Education Islamic Society. The course was delivered by Dr. Abdullah Sahin, Head of Research and Senior Lecturer in Islamic Studies and Education at the The Markfield Institute

Community Development department launched its first ever ‘Parenting for Life’ workshop at Muslim Welfare House on 2nd November 2011. The course is designed to illustrate to parents the concept of positive, proactive and life-long parenting and empower them with skills and confidence to work with their children as they grow up. The workshop was delivered over 3 days with approximately 30 female participants attending, mainly from Somali and Arab background. It was delivered by Dr Muhammad Abdul Bari (a prominent author and a parenting consultant) and was simultaneously translated in both Arab and Somali language to ensure a maximum impact.

Qur'an Week The Qur’an Week was organised by the Headteachers’ Forum as part of an inter-school project, which took place on 28th Nov – 2nd Dec 2011. Many schools from across London and the surrounding

of Higher Education [MIHE]. The course was an overview and intensive course which looked to developing critical / empirical perspectives for the contemporary theory and practice of Islamic Education. The course covered Islamic Educational Thought Philosophical/Dialectical/Hermeneutical Approaches; Theology of Education in Islam; Classical & Modern Curriculum - A critical comparison; Teaching Islam Critically - Reasons, methods and limits;


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Pedagogy and Faith development; Historical overview of Islamic Institutions & decline; Strategies for revival, change and included extensive Q & A sessions. The course was very well attended with over 100 participants. Feedback was also very positive which indicates that similar courses are likely to run in the future.

MAB Leaders Training Camp 2012

Judges Meet to Select Creative and Innovative Projects Six judges met to review projects from mainstream schools, faith schools, independent schools and supplementary schools for the National Muslim Teachers Creativity and Innovation Awards 2012. Judges included Rukhsana Yaqoob, Education Consultant & Secretary of Muslim teachers Association (MTA); Dr. Israr Khan, OFSTED Registered School Inspector & Education Consultant; Firdos Qazi, Education Consultant; Dr. Jacek Brant, Head of GEMS and senior lecturer in Business Education, Institute of Education, London; Dr. Mohammed Abdul Bari, Former Secretary General, MCB, and Philip Preedy, Senior Advisor for Standards and Improvement, Nida Trust. The judges looked for creativity, innovation, impact, resource management and effective use of funding. There were seven award categories, including the

Nida Trust were invited to run Muslim Association of Britain's annual leaders training camp. Youth leaders from across the country gathered over a weekend in May 2012 at a campsite in Nottingham where young leaders learnt to explore and develop key leadership skills through topics such as communication, team working and conflict resolution. The sessions were led by Foezul Ali, Abdul Wahid and Shahin Ahmed from Nida Trust’s youth department.

Nida Trust in Qatar Nida Trust continues to work on site at two large secondary schools in Doha, Qatar, providing consultancy on raising standards of teaching and learning and improving outcomes for the students who attend the schools. Nida Trust has also launched the first Cambridge University accredited International Diploma for Teachers and Trainers in Qatar.

language and literacy award, the numeracy award, the science and technology award, the business and enterprise award, the arts award, the sports award and finally the citizenship award. The categories address the key areas of curriculum and allow for pioneering and imaginative delivery, benefiting students from all backgrounds. Shortlisted entrants will be invited to attend the awards ceremony and gala dinner at the Britannia International Hotel, Canarf Wharf, London, which will be attended by over 450 guests and televised on the Islam Channel.

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Nida Trust Newsletter Summer 2012