FSTC at the House of Lords in London

FSTC was invited to speak at the UK House of Lords for the Every Muslim Child Matters project

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FSTC was pleased to be invited to speak at a celebratory event at the House of Lords in London for the Every Muslim Child Matters project, as hosted by the SDSA (School Development Support Agency) on 29 April 2009.

Figure 1: Houses of Parliament, landscape spring 2009. © UK Parliament.

The conference, chaired by Lord Nazir Ahmed, aimed to explore a range of issues pertaining to the education of Muslim children.

The conference played host to over 60 delegates from all sectors, education, youth work, the council and local authorities.

Figure 2: View from the conference.

FSTC was represented by Director of Projects, Dr. Okasha El Daly and Key Associate Dr. Anne-Maria Brennan, Lecturer at Southbank University. Also present was Ms. Ayshah Ismail, the FSTC Science Communication and Education Officer. Dr Brennan delivered an enlightening presentation entitled ‘1001 Inventions vs. 1001 Nights'.

The presentation highlighted the missing millennium from the Schools Curricula and from the main sources which influence public opinion and showed how a wonderful civilisation had existed during the so called "Dark Ages". Thousands of inventions from this civilisation which still affect our present life are airbrushed from history.

Figure 3: Another view from the conference.

- For more information, visit the website of the project and conference: Every Muslim Child Matters: Towards a new strategic approach.

- Visit also the website of ICE: The Islam and Citizenship Education Project.

- Further reading: Maurice Irfan Coles, Every Muslim Child Matters: Practical Guidance for Schools and Children's Services (Paperback). Published by Trentham Books Ltd, May 2008, 186 pp. ISBN-10: 1858564212 - ISBN-13: 978-185856421. For a review of the book, click here.

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