Comments for End Racism This Generation http://www.end-racism.org Help us end racism this generation. Sat, 27 Sep 2014 22:57:00 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.3.3 Comment on Attitudes to Racism – New Survey by Ifti http://www.end-racism.org/attitudes-racism-new-survey/#comment-87 Sat, 27 Sep 2014 22:57:00 +0000 http://endracism.testlab.org.uk/?p=220#comment-87 Truth is always bitter. You must learn to listen to those who are culturally, linguistically and spiritually differnt. Education is should be more than providing pupils with the skills they need to get a job or enter university: we should not forget that we have a duty to pass on a body of knowledge through generations

British schools are not doing enough to tackle racism and promote race relations. Many teachers are unaware of racist attitudes amongst pupils. Schools have a responsibility not only to deal with racist incidents but also to prepare pupils for life in a multicultural and multiracial society.

Children from minority groups, especially the Muslims, are exposed to the pressure of racism, multiculturalism and bullying. They suffer academically, culturally and linguistically: a high proportion of children of Pakistani and Bangladeshi origin are leaving British schools with low grades or no qualification.

In the 80s, the Muslim community in Britain started to set up Muslim schools. The first was the London School of Islamics which I established and which operating from 1981-86. Now there are 170 and only 12 are state funded.

The needs and demands of Muslim children can be met only through Muslim schools, but education is an expensive business and the Muslim community does not have the resources to set up schools for each and every child, and only eight Muslim schools have achieved grant maintained status.

This leaves a majority of children from Muslim families with no choice but to attend state schools. There are hundreds of state schools where Muslim pupils are in majority. In my opinion, all such schools may be opted out as Muslim Academies with bilingual Muslim teachers as role models.

Prince Charles, while visiting the first grant maintained Muslim school in north London, said that the pupils would be the future ambassadors of Islam. But what about thousands of others, who attend state schools deemed to be “sink schools”?

The time has come for the Muslim community – in the form of Islamic charities and trusts – to manage and run those state schools where Muslim pupils are in the majority. The Department for Education would be responsible for funding, inspection and maintenance.

The management would be in the hands of educated professional Muslims. The teaching of Arabic, Islamic studies, Urdu and other community languages by qualified Muslim teachers would help the pupils to develop an Islamic identity, which is crucial for mental, emotional and personality development.

In the east London borough of Newham, there are at least 10 state schools where Muslim pupils are in the majority.

The television newscaster Sir Trevor McDonald is a champion of introducing foreign modern languages even at primary level in schools in Britain. The Muslim community would like to see Arabic, Urdu and other community languages introduced at nursery, primary and secondary schools along with European languages so that Muslim pupils have these options.

In education, there should be a choice and at present it is denied to the Muslim community. In the late 80s and early 90s, when I floated the idea of Muslim community schools, I was declared a “school hijacker” by an editorial in the Newham Recorder newspaper in east London.
IA
http://www.londonschoolofislamics.org.uk

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Comment on Attitudes to Racism – New Survey by Ifti http://www.end-racism.org/attitudes-racism-new-survey/#comment-38 Fri, 02 May 2014 16:58:55 +0000 http://endracism.testlab.org.uk/?p=220#comment-38 BNP is the true picture of the British society. British society and education is the home of institutional racism. This is one of the main reason why I have been campaigning for state funded Muslim schools for the last 40 years. I set up the first Muslim school in London in 1981 and now there are 180 Muslim schools and out of them only 14 are state funded. I would like to see each and every Muslim child in a Muslim school. I hope one day my dream would come true.

The fruit of racism is that Muslim children are unable to develop self-confidence and self-esteem, therefore, majority of them leave schools with low grades. Racism is deeply rooted in British society. Every native child is born with a gene or virus of racism, therefore, no law could change the attitudes of racism towards those who are different. It is not only the common man, even member of the royal family is involved in racism. The father of a Pakistani office cadet who was called a “***” by Prince Harry has profoundly condemned his actions. He had felt proud when he met the Queen and the Prince of Wales at his son’s passing out parade at Sandhurst in 2006 but now felt upset after learning about the Prince’s comments. Queen Victoria invited an Imam from India to teach her Urdu language. He was highly respected by the Queen but other members of the royal family had no respect for him. He was forced to go back to India. His portrait is still in one of the royal places.

A report by the Institute for Community Cohesion found that native parents were deserting some schools after finding their children out numbered by pupils from ethnic minorities. Schools in parts of England are becoming increasingly segregated. The study focused on 13 local authorities. Many of the schools and colleges are segregated and this was generally worsening over recent years. This is RACISM because British society is the home of institutional racism. My statement regarding Muslim schools where there is no place for non-Muslim child or a teacher is based on educational process and not on racism. Muslim children need Muslim teachers during their developmental periods. For higher studies and research, Muslim teacher is not a priority.
Muslim children not only need halal meat or Eid Holidays but they need state funded Muslim schools with Muslim teachers as role models during their development period also. There is no place for a non-Muslim child or a teacher in a Muslim school.

The schools must satisfy the spiritual, moral, social, and cultural needs of Muslim pupils. State schools with non-Muslim monolingual teachers are not in a position to satisfy their needs. A good school is not just a knowledge factory or a conveyor belt for churning out exam passes – it is a community, a family. A community is held together by common values and principles.

The demand for Muslim schools comes from parents who want their children a safe environment with an Islamic ethos. Parents see Muslim schools where children can develop their Islamic Identity where they won’t feel stigmatised for being Muslims and they can feel confident about their faith. Muslim schools are working to try to create a bridge between communities. There is a belief among ethnic minority parents that the British schooling does not adequately address their cultural needs. Failing to meet this need could result in feeling resentment among a group who already feel excluded. Setting up Muslim school is a defensive response. State schools with monolingual teachers are not capable to teach English to bilingual Muslim children. Bilingual teachers are needed to teach English to such children along with their mother tongue. According to a number of studies, a child will not learn a second language if his first language is ignored.

“A good grasp of one’s mother tongue is an essential base for a child who then has to get to grips with the language of their host country,” reckons Amelia Lambelet of the Fribourg Institute of Multilingualism. Therese Salzmann, an expert in multilingualism at the Swiss Institute of Youth and Media, agrees. “The teaching of mother tongues reinforces self-confidence and gives the child a feeling of security.” She adds that “taking account of a child’s double cultures is a determining factor in their social integration and professional success.”

You better teach your children in your own schools and let migrant communities teach their children according to their needs and demands. British Establishment and society should concentrate on the evils of their own society and stop trying to change the way of life of Muslims. Muslim community does not want to integrate with the British society, indulging in incivility, anti-social behaviour, drug and knife culture, binge drinking, teenage pregnancies and abortion. Prince Charles, while visiting the first grant maintained Muslim school in north London, said that the pupils would be the future ambassadors of Islam. But what about thousands of others, who attend state schools deemed to be “sink schools”? In education, there should be a choice and at present it is denied to the Muslim community. In the late 80s and early 90s, when I floated the idea of Muslim community schools, I was declared a “school hijacker” by an editorial in the Newham Recorder newspaper in east London. This clearly shows that the British media does not believe in choice and diversity in the field of education and has no respect for those who are different. Muslim schools, in spite of meager resources, have excelled to a further extent this year, with couple of schools achieving 100% A-C grades for five or more GCSEs. They beat well resourced state and independent schools in Birmingham and Hackney. Muslim schools are doing better because a majority of the teachers are Muslim. The pupils are not exposed to the pressures of racism, multiculturalism and bullying.

There are hundreds of state primary and secondary schools where Muslim pupils are in majority. In my opinion all such schools may be opted out to become Muslim Academies. This mean the Muslim children will get a decent education. Muslim schools turned out balanced citizens, more tolerant of others and less likely to succumb to criminality or extremism. Muslim schools give young people confidence in who they are and an understanding of Islam’s teaching of tolerance and respect which prepares them for a positive and fulfilling role in society. Muslim schools are attractive to Muslim parents because they have better discipline and teaching Islamic values. Children like discipline, structure and boundaries. Bilingual Muslim children need Bilingual Muslim teachers as role models during their developmental periods, who understand their needs and demands.
Iftikhar Ahmad
London School of Islamics Trust

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Comment on Campaign Success! Read Jo’s Story by Rosalind Gauci http://www.end-racism.org/campaign-success-read-jos-story/#comment-36 Tue, 25 Mar 2014 17:14:44 +0000 http://www.end-racism.org/?p=856#comment-36 I’m sure you are well meaning and would like to put an end to ‘racism’, but when people in the U.K. are unable to speak freely about how immigration is affecting the NHS, education, jobs, housing, etc. without being arrested for being ‘racist’, then I don’t hold out much hope for things to change. I am a retired person, not an activist, and try to look at life in a balanced way, but at the moment I can only see that no-one in our government is going to do anything about it, and nor has David Cameron given us a free vote on the EU referendum. How is one supposed to feel about immigration when, week after week, we see our nation being ripped off by foreigners defrauding our generous benefits system, our housing and our NHS. Illegal immigrants are constantly being caught working in the U.K. when their visas have run out. Factory and shop owners (usually foreigners themselves) are supposed to be fined £10,000 for every illegal immigrant they find working for them, but for some reason they’re not. Why aren’t these businesses closed down for flaunting our laws at every opportunity? I’ll tell you why, because the U.K. is too soft on them and doesn’t want to upset those countries that they come from. Why aren’t foreign landlords sent to prison for renting out sheds in their back gardens in the South? For the same reason no doubt. The last straw for me is when our government incorporates Sharia Law with our own laws. Is this what they are aiming for? A multi-racial society that one fine day we’ll wake up to find that the old United Kingdom doesn’t exist any more and has been replaced by the New United Kingdom complying only with Islamic laws. Migration Watch has already predicted that the white race will become a minor one within the next 30 years. If you expect me to accept this lying down then I’m sorry but I can’t, and that’s no disrespect to the decent, honest, hard-working foreign workers in our country. I’m sure many will disagree with me, but just be glad that we’re still living in a democratic country and are able to voice our thoughts without being locked up for them.

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