The Senior classes had a workshop with Keji Okeowo, who is part of The National Council of Youth Voluntary Services.
The Madressa workshop was very helpful to the classes of SB5, SB4, SG5 and SG4. The workshop was dedicated to helping us realize what others think of us in society as well as the support available.
The workshop started with us being separated into groups and asked to make a mind map of what the words British, Young and Muslim mean to us and to society. It was a good exercise in not only stating what we think about the words but what others think as well. We got a mix of ideas about the words including both positive and negative views.
We then split up into groups based on where we live. We were asked to make a map of our area including schools, shops and landmarks. It was an interesting challenge as it challenged our knowledge of where we live. We were then required to mark out areas that were highly diverse, not diverse, safe and violent. What the class came up with as a total was quite positive for most areas however we had specific areas like Crawley where we discover had no Shia Mosques.
At the end of the workshop, we thought about areas that need help and what action plans we could come up with to help areas become safe and diverse.
Overall the workshop helped to build our ideas about others and our feelings on a building a more culturally diverse area.