The Khalili Foundation and The Prince’s Trust, through the Mosaic Initiative, together launch an exciting new social integration and youth leadership project.
The partnership begins with a yearlong pilot programme which will enable young people and young professionals to co-design and co-deliver training and Prince’s Trust programme activity.
The pilot run with the Khalili Foundation will adopt the principles underpinning the Mosaic initiative to build cohesive societies through the power of relatable connection and aspirational mobility. Serving to help young people and young professionals to lead dialogue and discussion around global citizenship: issues of difference, intercultural relations and resilience to difference and change – particularly pertinent in a period of global social and economic uncertainty.
The Trust will identify and recruit young leaders – aspirational and role models in their own right – and will link them to the tried and tested international interfaith and intercultural citizenship programme developed by the Khalili Foundation. This content will also be the foundation for new modules that will be embedded across the range of Prince’s Trust educational, employability and careers programmes.
The partnership will see the embedding of intercultural training content within programme resources and will be trialled within the Mosaic mentoring programme, including through the training of Mosaic volunteer mentors.
Commenting on the new partnership, Senior Head of Mosaic and Community Integration Nizam Uddin OBE, said:
“This is a very exciting collaboration for Mosaic and The Prince’s Trust. It seeks to help young people build a resilience to change and difference that will not only help their future career aspirations in a time of uncertainty, but has the added benefit of contributing to the creation of more cohesive communities. I look forward to this partnership with the Khalili Foundation growing beyond our current focus on the West Midlands and across many more regions.”Nizam Uddin OBE – Senior Head of Mosaic and Community Integration, The Prince’s Trust
“We are delighted to be working with the Khalili Foundation on the exciting new global citizenship and youth leadership project, connected to Mosaic and the forthcoming Commonwealth Games in Birmingham.”Jonathan Townsend – CEO, The Prince’s Trust
The Khalili Foundation is a pioneer in the field of interfaith and intercultural education. The Foundation has partnered with the Commonwealth Secretariat to produce and evaluate learning methods and materials aimed at promoting global citizenship and religious and cultural literacy. Professor Sir Nasser David Khalili, founder and chairman of the Foundation, was recently recognised by Her Majesty The Queen with a knighthood in the 2020 Birthday Honours list for services to Interfaith Relations and Charity and referred to by HM Government as “the embodiment of interfaith harmony”.
Sir David said:
“This partnership with the Prince’s Trust serves our longstanding mission to foster greater harmony between young people of different faiths and cultures. The Prince’s Trust is a global pioneer in youth engagement and development, and we are proud and excited to join forces with them to deliver grassroots education and training that has real impact.”Professor Sir Nasser David Khalili – Founder and Chairman, Khalili Foundation
The need for interfaith and intercultural education has never been greater, given recent events that have highlighted the importance of tackling prejudice based on faith, culture and race. Beyond the young leaders, volunteer mentors will now also have access to inter-cultural training that can link back to their communities and add value, whilst simultaneously connecting diverse communities deeper into the Trust.
About Khalili Foundation:
Over the past three decades, the Khalili Foundation has been a global leader in promoting interfaith and intercultural relations. The Foundation has supported and driven a number of internationally recognised projects that use the power of culture and education to bring people together. These have included key partnerships with the Commonwealth and UNESCO.