We regularly interview prominent people associated with Mosaic to find out why they got involved with Mosaic and their thoughts on our work. You can read all interviews in the Mosaic Q and A archive.
Why do you support Mosaic?
I truly believe in the key aim of Mosaic, as outlined by HRH The Prince of Wales: “to create opportunities for young people of all backgrounds who do not have them”. It’s a privilege to be Vice-Chairman of Mosaic and make a contribution in some modest way.
What do you most like about Mosaic?
Two key differentiating factors come to mind, namely:
- We mentor young children and hope to elevate their aspirations and enlighten their future opportunities; and,
- We are supported by great British Muslims who act as role models for others and who care about making a positive contribution to our society. I am personally very grateful for this opportunity, especially under the umbrella of The Prince of Wales’ many charities.
What are your hopes for Mosaic moving forward?
Mosaic is a fairly infant organisation as we are only in our sixth year. Our founding Chairman, HRH Princess Badiya, played a crucial role in getting us established. My hope is that we can now increase the number of children we mentor nationally, offer excellence in terms of mentoring and continue to grow the amazing voluntary support of our mentors.
Why should others join Mosaic?
Mosaic offers a unique platform to participate in a programme that delivers results that change lives for the better; we have seen early results of this already and more research is being conducted to prove the long-term impact of our work. Mosaic is also supported and endorsed by various mainstream organisations such as our host charity Business in the Community and cross-cultural philanthropic groups, such as Qatar Foundation and the Rumi Foundation. We need more volunteers to reach more children across the UK and, perhaps one day, internationally.
Your favourite ‘mantra’ or quote that guides your approach?
May I quote my most famous fellow countryman:
“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world” – Dr. Nelson Mandela
At Mosaic, we capture the opportunity to address children whilst they are still at school and key amongst our ambitions is to encourage all children to aim high in terms of education. It is said that this is the most powerful way to move those ‘from the margins of society to the mainstream’ – I am hugely supportive of this belief.