MCB’s Youth to launch innovative blog: The Platform – Debating and Discussing Britain in the New Decade

19 Jan 2010

The Muslim Council of Britain’s Youth Committee will be launching on Friday 22nd January 2010 a new and dynamic youth-led initiative entitled ‘The Platform’. The project is designed to channel the views and opinions of the wider community in a positive and productive way to provide a platform for constructive debate around a central theme: `Britain ten years on; envisioning and structuring progress’. This will be designed to promote a proactive approach to debate, maintaining a visionary focus on progress, and also correspond with MCB’s main goal in working towards the common good.
The Platform will span six weeks and encompass five key issues during this time. It will include articles from leading academics, journalists and politicians in their respective fields as well as young and talented contributors. The broad weekly themes selected are Universal Values, Crime & Security, Politics & Civic Participation, and Spirituality and Culture.

Youth Committee Secretary Lubaaba Al-Azami who coordinated the project said: `This is the perfect opportunity for us as young British Muslims to set the agenda and discuss our future. For too long debate about important issues such as politics and culture for example, have only taken place when reacting to events – this is an opportunity for us to be proactive and empower all Muslims to have our say about our vision of Britain in the new decade’.
Speaking ahead of the launch, Dr Muhammad Abdul Bari, Secretary General of the MCB, said: `Young people should always be at the forefront leading the discussion in progressing the Muslim and wider community for the common good. The new decade will, I am sure, confront us with many challenges, but every challenge brings an opportunity for us to help strengthen our common values and aspirations in developing our society’.

The Platform Launch Reception
On Friday 22nd January 2010 the project and its vision will be launched at Imperial College London.

Speakers include:
• Dr Muhammad Abdul Bari, Secretary General of the Muslim Council of Britain
• Professor Gwen Griffith-Dickson, Director of Lokahi Foundation
• Mahera Ruby, parenting consultant
• Mujibul Islam, Chair, MCB Youth Committee
• Dr Faisal Hanjra, President of FOSIS

Attendance for the launch is open to all public and media, however, registration is essential:
www.the-platform.org.uk
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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.

Media enquiries should be addressed to the MCB Media Office on 0845 26 26 786 or media@mcb.org.uk.

Non-media enquiries should be addressed to the MCB Office at The Muslim Council of Britain, PO Box 57330, London E1 2WJ. Tel: 0845 26 26 786 Fax: 0207 247 7079

This press release and other MCB publications and information are available on the MCB website at www.mcb.org.uk

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