His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales and Her Highness Sheikha Moza bint Nasser of Qatar continued the dialogue from their meeting in Doha in March at Windsor Castle on 5th June, where they discussed practical ways to build lasting legacies from the Qatar UK 2013 Year of Culture. At the meeting, Her Highness, who is Chairperson of Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development, praised The Prince’s long-standing endeavours to promote interfaith dialogue and his charities that seek to improve community development, including Mosaic.
A tangible result of discussions is that Mosaic will receive support from Qatar Foundation. A two-year agreement will see Mosaic expand its Primary School Programme across the UK.
A formal Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between The Prince of Wales’s Charitable Foundation (PWCF) and Qatar Foundation, was signed at Windsor Castle in the presence of HRH The Prince of Wales and Her Highness Sheikha Moza. The Memorandum sets out a commitment by both organisations to support each others’ aims, initially through support of Mosaic and The Prince’s School of Traditional Arts.
Dr Mohammad Fathy Saoud, President of Qatar Foundation said: “Qatar Foundation is strongly committed to sharing knowledge. We deeply appreciate the breadth of work that is being undertaken by institutions, like the Prince of Wales’s Charitable Foundation, which share common values for the advancement of quality education, culture, and community development.”
Andrew Wright, Executive Director of The Prince of Wales’s Charitable Foundation, said: “We are delighted to sign this agreement with Qatar Foundation. We hope their commitment to Mosaic and The Prince’s School of Traditional Arts marks the beginning of a broader collaborative relationship between PWCF and QF. We intend over time to explore how our respective charities, initiatives and programmes can work together to drive greater charitable impact in the UK, Qatar and elsewhere.”
The Qatar Foundation’s support will enable Mosaic to support 1200 young people and their mothers through the primary school programme. An increase of 50% compared to the current year, across 60 primary schools in the UK. Investment in mentor recruitment and management through this proposal will also increase capacity across Mosaic’s programmes, realising further benefits and creating greater stability and sustainability.
Mosaic’s National Director Jonathan Freeman commented, “This support from Qatar Foundation is a real vote of confidence in Mosaic’s Primary School Programme. We are thrilled at the prospect of developing the programme over the coming years thanks to this generous support. We could not however celebrate this award without acknowledging the current funder, Asif Aziz, CEO of Criterion Capital.”
The Mosaic Primary School Programme was established by founder Mosaic Board member Asif Aziz, CEO of Criterion Capital. Asif has been the sole funder of the programme from the beginning and has been involved the development throughout. Asif could see clearly the need for positive role models for young girls growing up in the UK’s most deprived communities and to encourage the active support of their mothers in their daughters’ education and careers.
Asif Aziz commented: “This has been a personal commitment for me to fund and support the programme since the inception. It is a credit the hard work of the team who have shared my vision and worked tirelessly on the programme, which has lead to Mosaic primary school receiving important long-term backing from Qatar Foundation. We will now be able to develop the Mosaic Primary School Programme to help more young women develop their full potential.”
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