Science event inspires more to go to University

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On 1st June 2017 the University of Leicester’s Department of Chemistry hosted an outreach event for 25 Children aged between 9 and 17 years old from the Darus Salam Mosque who attend 10 schools in Leicester. The activities were led by Dr Kal Karim and Dr Barbara Villa Marcos from the University of Leicester and Moj Bashir, Chairman of Darus Salam Mosque designed to encourage academic achievement in children of Bangladeshi heritage from the Highfields local area.

Dr Villa Marcos, Outreach Manager, said “we developed a stimulating laboratory experience for the children as crime scene detectives by taking fingerprints, analysing samples and solving cryptic clues to get to the bottom of the “murder in the Lab” followed by an interactive quiz and prizes".


Moj Bashir, Chairman of Darus Salam Mosque says “The children had a fantastic day and found the day really stimulating. It was in order for these students to overcome some of the historical and social barriers that the Bangladeshi communities face, educational inspiration and support is exactly what they need and we achieved that today”


Dr Karim said “The aim of the outreach event is to engage with pupils of all abilities to support widening participation and access to higher education. We want to encourage academic achievement in children of ALL backgrounds but today’s focus is very much on pupils from the local area of Bangladeshi heritage. I am also from the same heritage and I hope that the children can see that there are roles models that they can look up to that are here to help them in their academic achievement”


There were also discussions about the University-Community engagement with members of the Bangladeshi community such as Cllrs. Dr Shofiqul Chowdhury (Spinney Hills) and Thalukdar (Stoneygate), Barrister Miran Uddin and Chris Shaw, Assistant Director, Development and Alumni Relations, Division of External Relations University of Leicester.


Shaf Islam, Managing Director, Chutney Ivy, Leicester who helped organise the event kindly provided Iftar packs for all children and staff involved as the event took place in the month of Ramadan.


The school children came from:

Judgemeadow Secondary School, Jameah Girls Academy , Imam Mohammed Adam Institute, Gartree High School, Oadby, Madani High School, Moat Community College, Medway Primary School, Crown Hill Secondary School, Sparkenhoe Primary School, Lancaster School

An article about the event was published in the Leicester Mercury here .

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