By Dr. Matthew Wilkinson
Dr. Matthew Tariq Wilkinson delivered his seminar at Liverpool Hope University entitled Helping Muslim Boys Succeed? The Case for History in Schools on Wednesday, 22nd February, which was in the words of the organiser, Dr. Elizabeth Green, “universally appreciated and well received”. The talk made the claim that the rich and broad ontology of historical events themselves rather than merely the constituency of the classroom should be the basis of inclusion in History education.
Dr. Elizabeth Green is Associate Research Fellow at the Centre for Christian Studies, Liverpool Hope University and her work in many ways runs in parallel to that of A Curriculum for Cohesion. For example, she has conducted excellent research showing how in Christian faith educational settings the values of faith seldom percolate effectively into the curriculum which has strong parallels with elements of the Muslim faith sector.
After the seminar, Dr. Matthew Tariq Wilkinson paid a visit to Mr. Bashir Timol, a founding director of 1st Ethical Charitable Trust whose aim is to empower Muslims to benefit society through faith-based campaigns and which is one of our donor-partners. Bashir was updated fully on the progress of the project and kindly re-affirmed the commitment of 1st Ethical to it. Bashir is an inspiring entrepreneur and shows that a serious commitment to the values of faith and worldly success can work in successful partnership with each other.