Three leading members of Mosaic’s Speakers Bureau showcased Mosaic and its work at an important conference in Seville, Spain in the presence of HRH The Prince of Wales. The conference, which was organised by the British Embassy in Madrid to coincide with the visit of HRH The Prince of Wales, took place in the Three Cultures Foundation in Seville and focused on the integration of Muslim communities in Spain and the UK.
Mosaic, founded by HRH The Prince of Wales, shared its wealth of experience in the fields of integration and mentoring programmes with dignitaries from Spain and the UK through inspiring speeches of Mosaic Speakers Bureau members.
The Mosaic themed event included an exhibition from the work of the students of the Princes’ School of Traditional Arts and speeches on the importance of promoting Muslim role models in Europe. The objective of the conference was to share best practice on integration and public policies affecting Muslim communities and to learn from each other’s experiences.
Mosaic introduced the delegates to Ikram Butt, author and Leeds Rugby Foundation Connecting Communities manager, Almeena Ahmed, news producer at BBC TV News and the BBC’s Home Affairs Unit and Councillor Mahroof Hussain, Labour Councillor and Cabinet Member on Rotherham Council in South Yorkshire, who are all considered to be positive Muslim role models in the UK and regularly give inspirational speeches on Mosaic’s behalf.
After Jonathan Freeman, National Director of Mosaic UK, introduced and showcased the Mosaic models to the audience, the Mosaic Speakers Bureau members all got their chance to address the delegates.
Their speeches centred around ‘Unlocking Muslim Potential’ and focussed on their own experiences in their fields of expertise, the challenges they faced and how to set positive role models by acting as vehicles of change.
The Mosaic model could prove to be a successful tool for Spain that has an estimated Muslim population of 1 million. A comprehensive mentoring strategy, like Mosaic, could be an attractive way for the Spanish to reduce the chances of the children of Muslim immigrants from falling behind.
To read Almeena Ahmed’s speech, please click here
To read Ikram Butt’s speech, please click here
To read Mahroof Hussain’s speech, please click here