“Healing Fractures II – Beyond Birmingham?” #1 – video introduction

The first video from the educators' workshop Healing Fractures II - Beyond Birmingham? during Islam Awareness Week 2015 now online. Opens video in new window. Also see Cooperative Learning & the Knowledge Café format: student-centred enquiry for adults "Healing Fractures II" video library here. Also see more on the Mona Siddiqui anecdote: Learning Wisely – Living Virtuously: From... Continue Reading →

Cooperative Learning & the Knowledge Café format: student-centred enquiry for adults

Last week saw a select group of educationalists and researchers from disparate backgrounds engaging the burning conundrum of education, community building, religion, identity, attainment and social cohesion in multicultural Britain. (See all related posts). The workshop enquired into various themes, including: systemic issues and the purpose of ‘modern’ education in secular post-modernity community building boundaries;... Continue Reading →

Critical thinking & community empowerment: coming soon to a staff room near you?

An MTA training event "Muslim Teachers of the Future" yesterday raised the level, urgency and sheer importance of investigative sessions such as Healing Fractures II. Odd thing to write under a heading which includes the word "Critical thinking", but if Sunday's event is anything to go by, I want to start by quite uncritically recommending  Muslim Teacher's Association's training... Continue Reading →

All in the (Islamic Awareness) Week’s work

Next week will see a breakdown of each of the these educational events for the benefit of attendees and third parties. In summary: Monday 16 March: “Healing Fractures II” Educators’ Workshop  Beyond Birmingham? Through shared insights of seasoned Muslim alternative educators, RE teachers, researchers and representatives from statutory bodies, this full-day ‘knowledge café’ aimed to let Muslim... Continue Reading →

Learning Wisely – Living Virtuously: From the mountain to the valley

High-level cohesion, pulling values from the vacuum, or simply "Why Tertiary should pick up on child-centred learning". Yesterday Mona Siddiqui, professor of Islamic and Interreligious Studies at Edinburgh University, presented her talk Learning Wisely, Living Virtuously: the challenge of Modern Education at the Thomas Paine Study Center, University of East Anglia. A big thank you to the... Continue Reading →

A note on the attacks on Ihsan Mosque in Norwich

In the early morning hours, persons unknown broke the windows of Ihsan Mosque in Chapel Field and fled. Thank God, no-one was hurt in the attack, as the only person present was in the kitchen in the back of the building. And what was he doing? He was preparing food for visiting children from an... Continue Reading →

21st Century British Muslim – solved?

I want to thank attendees at yesterdays presentation of 21st Century British Muslim - the solution? and the staff at Date Valley School, London, for providing a venue for the first run of this event for the Association of Muslim Schools. This course is designed for faith schools looking to meet latest requirements related to SMSC, safeguarding and British... Continue Reading →

21st century British Muslim in London; a message from the course leader

. I have been asked by Association of Muslim Schools management to provide some more detail on the event Cooperative Learning: "21st century British Muslim - the Solution?" to take place on 3rd February in London. The recent events in Paris have only underlined the importance of this course, and the course unit Negotiating conflicting values & viewpoints has been fully committed to... Continue Reading →

Paris murders in Norfolk classrooms? The responsibility of RE teachers & the Muslim community

Charlie Hebdo: In areas with a low concentration of Muslims, the importance of RE in relation to the "social cohesion" mentioned in Mr Nash's recent letter is all the greater. Pupils in counties such as our own Norfolk do not routinely interact with Muslims, leaving only media pieces when puzzling together an image of Islam and the murders in Paris. This is especially... Continue Reading →

Islam Awareness Week special event: “Islam in RE” in Norwich

Special offer: I am very pleased to announce  that private sponsors of the Islam Awareness Week 2015 programme at Ihsan Mosque has made it possible to make “Islam in RE: Religious Literacy & Controversy Through Enquiry” available to teachers at only £75.  . You school saves £125 on this £200 course, recently presented as a part of the PGCE students programme at the... Continue Reading →

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