The Buckingham Centre, a newly built community centre in Edgware, held its Grand Opening on June 7. The community centre, with an Islamic ethos, aims to educate and inspire the younger generation.
Akram Al Katib, one of the partners behind the project, told The Muslim News, “The Buckingham Centre provides a safe environment for the development of younger generations academically, spiritually, physically and socially.”
He continued, “The challenge for our community has developed over the last generation; before it was a matter of maintaining a community in the UK and the challenge now is for our youth to excel in the public sphere.”
Speaking at the event was Hassanain Rajabali, Director of Camp Taha, the world’s first Muslim owned camp, launched two years ago in Columbiaville, Michigan, US.
Ali AlKateb, a partner of the project, told The Muslim News, “We hope the Buckingham Centre can provide an arena to encourage a set of values that the local community holds; that is, integration, activism and respect for all, harmony, professionalism, sustainability, respect of heritage, achieving excellence as well as developing a local, national and international community.”
The centre offers a fully licensed Montessori nursery and a franchise of Rajabali’s WISE Academy afterschool club, which has branches operating successfully in two states in the US.
The venue comprises of a hall and classrooms, is available for use by any individual or organisation that has an idea that will benefit the community at large. An itinerary of lectures, tuition, seminars or classes to improve the skillset and leadership qualities of the youth is being co-ordinated.