A group of young Muslims are hoping to dispel some of the myths surrounding their religion during a visit to New College.
Members of the Muslim Youth Development Project (MYDP) based in Broadgreen will visit the further education college in Queens Drive on Thursday (4 November) between 12pm and 2pm to promote understanding between different faiths and cultures.
Amir Ayub, co-ordinator of the MYDP which has been running for the past 18 months, said: “Boys and girls from the club have been working hard to promote religious understanding and tolerance, and recently received Youth Achievement Awards for their work in the community and for their leadership skills.
“The time they are spending at New College this week will enable them to promote this goal still further and give other young people from different faiths an insight into their beliefs and culture.”
The MYDP was set up as a joint venture between the town’s Youth Offending team and the Drove Community Centre to inspire young Muslim men and women to train as youth leaders and engage in positive activities. The project is designed to foster greater community understanding and co-operation between all faiths and community groups.
Fiona Simpson, New College’s Student Liaison Officer, said: “I am delighted we will be welcoming members of the MYDP to take part in our Interfaith Event here on site.
“As a college with student representatives from over 120 countries we work hard to develop close relationships with different faith groups to ensure opportunities are open to all.”
Amir Ayub added: “The take up in numbers for the youth club, weekly activities, debating forums and educational and employment programmes has been remarkable, and clearly demonstrated a need for this type of support.
“These young people have set their sights on a much greater understanding and co operation between all community groups in Swindon in order to reduce tensions, misunderstandings, and vulnerability to extreme views. They are keen to take the lead, help others from outside the Muslim community to engage with them, and ultimately develop a strong British identity.”