Politics Masterclass – Volunteer Training and Education
Categories: Past Event Articles
Wednesday September 09 2020
From Friday 21st August to Wednesday 26th August 2020, we presented our Politics Masterclass in three bite size sessions to volunteers across Yorkshire and other regions. This made up part of our ongoing efforts to provide training and education opportunities for MEND Working Groups and volunteers.
The first session on Friday was titled ‘The British Political and Electoral System’ and covered the different branches of government and their responsibilities. The session also covered where laws come from, how they are passed in the UK and how they can be challenged. The session ended with the different types of electoral systems and whether individual votes really matter. This session was presented by Mohammed Abubakar Saleem, the MEND Regional Manager for Yorkshire and Humber.
The second session, ‘The History of Political Parties and Elected Representatives’, covered the background of key political parties in the UK and how they have changed and adapted throughout history. The presentation also shed light on the different types of political representations, as well as the key legislation that had been passed over time which have had particular impacts on the Muslim Community. This session was presented by Mohammed Shoaib, the MEND Regional Manager for London.
In the final session, ‘Lobbying and Strategic Participation’, we looked at lobbying and its importance. We studied a number of successful lobby groups and the controversies that have been associated with them during their time. The presentation then touched on regulations and the extent to which lobbying is regulated in Britain. This session was once again presented by Mohammed Abubakar Saleem, the MEND Regional Manager for Yorkshire and Humber.
The discussions during these sessions showed how communities can work together to educate and empower one another, so they can effectively engage with the political institutions that have the power to uphold or challenge Islamophobia, and control the way that Muslims are portrayed. By engaging positively and proactively with these institutions, positive change can begin to occur.
To become a volunteer for MEND so you can attend our training and education opportunities click here: https://www.mend.org.uk/get-involved/volunteer/