Welcome to Inspire’s spring update. The aim of this post is to provide you with highlights of Inspire’s activity and ongoing projects, as well as inform you about our future plans and events. You can email us at email@example.com if you would like more information on any of the events and activities you read below .
The last few months have been hectic with both directors travelling the breadth of the country delivering training and other requests for our services whilst also trying to get our funding applications out to ensure we can survive the year! So a little recognition was a welcome distraction when Sara Khan, Inspire’s Co-Director was awarded the Asian Women of Achievement award for the Social and Humanitarian category.
Safeguarding against extremism
April and May has been busy on the education front working with numerous schools on how they can safeguard pupils from extremism. Highlights include Kalsoom delivering a full day conference and training in Dewsbury to 40+ head teachers and senior leadership on safeguarding children and young people from extremism whilst Sara headed over to a conference in Coventry addressing school leaders there at the request of the local authority. Similar sessions were also held at Newham Collegiate Sixth Form.Feedback from these sessions have been overwhelmingly positive and described as “invaluable”. For example in Dewsbury, 100% attendees scored us over 4 out of 5 , 86% giving us the maximum score of 5. We also received very positive feedback from both Bristol and Bath Spa Universities for a session delivered to PGCE students.
Kalsoom was invited to address a conference at the University of Salford on the subject of counter-terrorism. Following excellent feedback from the organisers and delegates, they have requested Kalsoom return to speak at another event in the future.
As well as working with teachers and school leaders, we were also given the opportunity to deliver a full day writing workshop to female Muslim students at a Bristol secondary school on faith, women and power. It was a real honour to be able to work with these bright young women adding self esteem and raising aspirations.
Inspire continues to inform policy in relation to counter extremism and radicalisation. Notable meetings in the last few months include the Government’s Prevent Oversight Board, as well as providing evidence to the Joint Committee of Human Right and to the Liberal Democrats Liberty and Security working group alongside Lord Carlile- the former independent reviewer of terrorism legislation.
There has also been international interest in our work- with two meetings with representatives from the Swedish Civil Contingencies Group.
April and May saw a series of meetings with Bristol City Council and Avon & Somerset Constabulary. Although we are still in the planning stage, two new projects have resulted from these conversations. The first on the 13th of July 2016 will be a series of workshops aimed at Muslim women to raise awareness of the dangers of radicalisation and travelling to Syria. The second will be a conference in October 2016. If you are interested in attending either of these, please do not hesitate to email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and let us know.
Our work is being covered far and wide! We had a visit from the Italian new “Il Foglio”, you can read their coverage here .
Television de Catlunya ( Spain) also joined us at one our workshops for their documentary on “European approaches to prevent and battling jihadist radicalisation”.
Finally, you can watch Sara here during her hardhitting 5×15 speakers appearance on the challenges of our work countering extremism and fighting gender inequality.