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Posted on: 20/06/2019

Parent Seminar - Hate Crime, Islamophobia

On Thursday 20, EGA held its first Parents Seminar on Hate Crime – Islamophobia. It was a very successful event delivered by representatives of the community. Dr Mahera Ruby – who is an author, lecturer at UCL University and a family coach, spoke on the role of community leaders and educators to create meaningful spaces for young people, giving them direction, and to allow them to connect to the wider community, where they feel they belong. She said “we all seek three things - belonging, direction and connection - when any of these are missing, it creates anxiety". Zohra Khaku – Director of MYHelpline, provided information on a range of services and support they offer to young people, from mental health to victims of hate crime. She also said it’s “really important to keep channels of communication open between parents and children”. Finally PC Gavin Pascall from the London Metropolitan Police, emphasised the importance of reporting crimes and urged people to "save any physical evidence and stay in the place where it happened and call the police". Finally, I would like to all our parents and students who attended this seminar and engaged in discussions with our key speakers.

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