The need for diversity and inclusion is alive and well

While it may seem like there are more diverse voices being heard to represent the myriad cultures and ethnicities in our society, the fact remains that it's still not enough. Racism is still a reality for children and adults alike. Racism evolves and takes on a new shape, a new language, a new context over time, but nonetheless, it is here and very much a part of our reality. Through my research and work in communities, the anecdotes and experiences point to the complex intersection of race, gender and faith, bound together and hurtled at increasingly younger ages - across playgrounds, across sixth form common rooms and school staff rooms. The dire need to address this becomes all the more pressing when students are exposed to this on a long term basis which starts to shape who they are the choices they make. More on this in another post. For now, the following article highlights several ways racism permeates...
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Part 2: A review ‘a superb read’

Muslim Teachers’ Association   February 2018 Thank you to the Muslim Teachers' Association for a varied and productive event for networking and learning about their work. This AGM provided a platform for a diverse group of activists and writers, educators and scholars to experience the uplifting message of Maurice Coles and Compassionate Schooling, participate in interactive sessions led by guest speakers and share information on our projects. A short introduction to MMCS was warmly received which resulted in further reviews and this particularly detailed one by Dr Haynes below:   'This book is well worth perusing. Din undertook this research as a Muslim mother and educator; her insider researcher position is evident adding value to the work. Her writing makes for a superb read: her ideas flow smoothly and logically while presenting a thoroughly theoretically underpinned discourse. While Din is a first time researcher she eloquently takes the reader through each step of the methodology enabling greater comprehension and replicability. For this reason I would strongly recommend that those...
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Yesterday, today, tomorrow…

Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow. The important thing is not to stop questioning. -Albert Einstein Greetings for a healthy and meaningful new year and spring term 2019. I’m pleased to be back with a short update of what’s been happening with Muslim Mothers – the book over the past year. 2018 was dominated with taking up a yearlong post in Family Learning, Bucks Adult Education, running courses for parents and supporting the Quality processes. Engaging with parents in various schools and community locations, reinforced the vital need to support better home-school relations and communication. As always, it’s fulfilling to see parents take positive steps towards growing their confidence and skills at the same time as learning about ways to support their children’s education. In parallel, Muslim Mothers and their Children’s Schooling (MMCS) has valued opportunities in the past year working with teachers and undergraduates on bettering the understanding of Muslim mothers’ views, challenges and experiences. Participating in a focus group discussion at Warwick University on the subject of...
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The book launch

20th April 2017 Cressex Community School hosted the fabulous launch on April 20th in their bright and airy sixth form suite. Guests included representatives from Buckinghamshire Learning Trust, School Governors, Chairs of two SACREs, head teachers, teachers, teaching assistants as well as friends from the voluntary sector in the community. After a warm and encouraging opening from head teacher, David Hood, Trentham Press Publisher and editor of MMCS, Gillian Klein imparted gems from her experience of publishing to the attentive guests. A presentation of why the research took place followed, with an outline of the main themes in the book. Dr Katy Simmons, Chair of governors at Cressex closed the formal presentations with generous endorsement of the book with a quote from none other than Charlotte’s Web! The Questions, discussions, and further networking over snacks continued for the rest of the book launch. ...
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No more a shadow: making space for Muslim Mothers’ Narratives

29th March 2017 Muslims in Britain Research Network Day Seminar: Gender and Muslim Spaces: Community and Academic Perspectives The University of Leeds and MBRN hosted this seminar day bringing together academics and practitioners from a wide variety of sectors to discuss gender within Muslim institutions and beyond. Academic research presented on the day included the experiences of Anabel Inge’s exploration of Salafi Muslim women and her role as a researcher and the evolution of Tablighi men’s dress over generations by Riyaz Timol, as a prelude to several presentations by academics on the panels that followed. Eye-opening accounts of developments and challenges were presented by Imam of Leed Madinah Mosque and their gender inclusive projects as well as the Bradford Muslim Women’s Council sharing an overview of the Women Led mosque project. In addition, the pertinent issue of Islamophobia was given a personal touch with MEND’s Dr Seima Iqbal sharing her journey into activism. Muslim Mother’s and their Children’s Schooling was part of a panel...
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Nisa – Nashim Conference Workshop

05th March 2017   Pleased to be attending the constructive Inaugural Conference of Nisa-Nashim at Westminster University. Muslim Mother's was presented as part of an education workshop exploring contributions and challenges of faith-led mothers. The interactive workshop invited responses to some of the questions asked in Muslim Mothers and their Children’s Schooling. Themes from the book were also explored alongside eye-opening contributions from educators and parents participating in the workshop. Attendees included teachers, parents, and particularly those who have chosen faith schools for their children. The talking points prompted the exchange of stories and experiences including that of a head teacher of a Jewish primary school who related a heart-warming example of employing two Muslim teachers who were welcomed by the school community in spite of some initial worries. The discussion extended to acknowledging the problematic realities in our respective communities – those realities that stereotypes come from – such as the ‘disengaged Pakistani/Muslim parent’; some deep ‘intra-community’ issues reared their head! Photo creds: Yakir Zur...
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