Amaali  'British Value' and 'Prejudice' workshops

Schools are only too well aware that the latest hoop the government wants them to jump through is the promotion of ‘British Values’ through spiritual, moral, social, and cultural development. The idea is certainly valuable - now more than ever, but the manner of its effective delivery is not obvious or easy.

And this is where Yesmien (Yazi) rides to the rescue!

Yesmien has developed her skills as a teacher and evolved a wide variety of workshops introducing Kashmiri culture to young children across the north of England.

 

Facilitating in primary and secondary schools, colleges and universities

Her background working with Early Years in Education has helped her create hands-on fun practical workshops for pupils both in primary and secondary education, supporting staff training days and the current North Yorkshire agreed RE syllabus.

These workshops fully support the curriculum's ‘British Values’ demands. They are exciting, practical, and relevant. They meet Ofsted's requirement that pupils are helped to develop a respect and understanding of different faiths and cultures.

Workshops aim to:

  • Support other principal religions represented in the UK. 

  • Understand the tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs

  • Tackle the subjects of prejudice and discrimination

  • Address difficult and controversial events in the news

  • Support healthy living

Yesmien workshops in primary schools are usually set up as 5 different activities, with pupils rotating through these activities. They can also be 'mixed and matched' to suit each school's needs.

 On offer:

  • Kashmiri cooking

  • Urdu/English storytelling

  • Creative artwork including henna painting

  • Dressing up in saris, salwar kameez, hijabs etc

  • Arabic/Urdu writing

  • Bollywood/bhangra dancing

  • Drama improvisation exploring prejudice and racial issues

  • Theatre performance followed by discussion or follow up project

  • Interactive sessions linking to the current North Yorkshire agreed RE syllabus

Yesmien is happy to take whole school assemblies and explore the issues of racial prejudice.

 

She also offers staff training sessions looking at positive ways of dealing with cultural diversity, issues related to forced marriages, and cultural abuse.

 

Schools can be visited on a termly basis to work on specific projects.

Festivals can be linked to workshops.

Festivals 2020/21 (sometimes dates vary)

  • Diwali - 14th November 2020 (Festival of Light)

  • Holi - 28th March 2021

  • Ramadhan - starts on 12th April 2021 (Muslims fast from sunrise to sunset)

  • Eid Ul Fitr - 13th May 2021 (Feast of fast-breaking)

  • Hajj - 17th -22nd July 2021 (Muslims Pilgrimage to Makkah)

  • Eid Ul Adha -19th July 2021

The cost of full-day activities is from £400 with all equipment provided.

 

Cluster schools can work together and share travel costs.

Some of the schools visited in November 2019.

Stillington, St Barnabas in York, Cowling, Grewlthorpe, Fairburn, Fountain, Kirby Hill, Chappel Haddlesey, Barlow, and Burton Salmon. Also schools across North Yorkshire, Lancashire, Cumbria.

Due to the coronavirus pandemic workshops have been adapted taking into account the current situation.

Bookings are now being taken for 2020/2021.

Protecting the bride

Protecting the bride

Block printing

Block printing

Arabic writing

Arabic writing

Beautiful sari

Beautiful sari

Perfect chapatti making

Perfect chapatti making

BBC filming

BBC filming

Styling traditional scarf

Styling traditional scarf

Indian/Pakistani dress

Indian/Pakistani dress

Writing in Arabic

Writing in Arabic

Niqaab Muslim dress

Niqaab Muslim dress

BBC Filming

BBC Filming

Time to bake

Time to bake

Arabic writing

Arabic writing

Drama and love

Drama and love

Creative dressing up

Creative dressing up

Traditional Sari

Traditional Sari

Bollywood dance

Bollywood dance

Young Maharaja

Young Maharaja

Bollywood dance

Bollywood dance

Prejudice on disability

Prejudice on disability

Creative dressing up

Creative dressing up

Shaping chapattis

Shaping chapattis

Chapatti making

Chapatti making

Flavours of the East

Flavours of the East

Team work

Team work

Tasting Syrian food

Tasting Syrian food

Cooking Syrian food

Cooking Syrian food

Drama session

Drama session

Mixing chapatti dough

Mixing chapatti dough

Prejudice workshop

Prejudice workshop

Henna patterns

Henna patterns

Staff training day

Staff training day

Mehndi henna hands

Mehndi henna hands

Simple traditional designs on pupils hands while celebrating End Festival

Arabic writing

Arabic writing

Happy pupils

Happy pupils

Showing the henna designs after the children had created their own patterns on paper first.

Dancing and dressing up

Dancing and dressing up

Shaping chapattis

Shaping chapattis

Eid card in Arabic

Eid card in Arabic

Rolling chapattis

Rolling chapattis

Experimenting the texture of the dough and using skills to create the traditional bread.

Culture and costume

Culture and costume

Global education

Global education

School assembly

School assembly

Guide group

Guide group

Looking at World cultures through creating different dishes

Kashmiri  cooking

Kashmiri cooking

Dressing with scarves

Dressing with scarves

Amazing selection of Indian/Pakistani clothes to try on

Henna hands together

Henna hands together

Children enjoy having henna patterns decorated on their hands. Looking at British Values respecting different cultures and faiths

Muslim Wedding

Muslim Wedding

Opportunity to dress in a selection of clothes to learn about Muslim dress in different places

Henna design

Henna design

Traditional block printing

Traditional block printing

Rolling Chapatti

Rolling Chapatti

Teaching British values at schools through cooking traditional bread

Watching chapatti cook

Watching chapatti cook

Dressing up in shirvani

Dressing up in shirvani

Brownie session with friends dressing up and dancing to Bollywood music

Peshawar style

Peshawar style

Block printing

Block printing

Creating patterns using traditional block prints

School assembly

School assembly

Role playing while reading a story in Urdu and English

Kashmiri cooking

Kashmiri cooking

Working together to create Kashmiri food

Prejudice and racism

Prejudice and racism

Encouraging challenging conversations with pupils about racism and prejudice before and after the drama workshop.

Eid and Mehndi

Eid and Mehndi

Decorating hands for Eid celebration. Supporting British values through practical and enjoyable cultural workshops

Chapatti making

Chapatti making

Children having the opportunity to cook traditional bread while learning about cultures

Kashmiri cooking

Kashmiri cooking

Experimenting with spices to learn about cultures

Diwali card making

Diwali card making

Pupils observing textile patterns and creating their own by following on the designs

Urdu story telling

Urdu story telling

Role playing while reading a story in Urdu and English. Giving children opportunity to listen and appreciate different languages and cultures. Learning about morals

Bollywood dancing

Bollywood dancing

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Styling traditional scarf