MCB Mourns the Passing of Syed Nawazish Bokhari OBE

02 Mar 2011

Inna LILLAHI wa Inna Ilaihi Raji’oon

The Muslim Council of Britain mourns the death of Syed Nawazish Bokhari, who passed away on Tuesday 1 March 2010. Mr Bokhari dedicated his life to public service and to the development of Britain’s Muslim community. In every respect, he was a community pioneer. He worked in education for 37 years. In 1985 he was appointed the first Muslim deputy head of a British secondary school and the first Muslim headmaster. At the time of retiring as principal of Ernest Bevin College in Tooting, he had taken the school from undersubscribed and underachieving to one of the most improved in the whole country. GCSE candidates’ A – C grades rose from 18% in 1999, to 60% in 2003, while A-level results showed a pass rate of 95%. The OFSTED report has paid tribute to his qualities of leadership. Syed Nawazish Bokhari has also been an Education Consultant.

He was awarded an Honorary Fellowship from The College of Teachers – one of the most prestigious awards in the teaching profession in the UK. He received an OBE for services for education in 2001.He was also given the GPU Lifetime Achievement Award 2010 for his contribution to the Community.

He was one of the founding members of the Muslim Teachers’ Association and formally the Chair of the Education Committee of the Muslim Council of Britain. He has dedicated his life to helping Muslims in education and after retirement, he continued to devote his time to education.

He has also made a great contribution to the MCB not only as the former Chair of the Education Committee but also by his active involvement with the MCB’s Central Woking Committee (CWC).

In recognition of his expertise, he was appointed by the Secretary of State for Education as a council member of the General Teaching Council of England. His commitment to improve and encourage teaching excellence nationally led him to be appointed as a UK Judge of the Teaching Awards. His work for Building Understanding through International Links for Development and UK One World Linking Association and the British Council also made an international impact to education.

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Notes to Editors:

The Muslim Council of Britain is the UK’s largest Muslim umbrella body with around 500 affiliated national, regional and local organisations, mosques, charities and schools.

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