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Posted on 07 Jul 2016

Year 12 meet Mayor of London at Interfaith Iftar

On Monday 27th June, I had the privilege of taking ten Year 12 students to an Iftar at Lambeth Palace, which was attended by Sadiq Khan (the Mayor of London), Justin Welby (the Archbishop of Canterbury), and Ephraim Mirvis (the Chief Rabbi). The event was organised by the Naz Legacy foundation, a group which exists to promote better understanding between people of different faiths and no faith, and WA was one of only two schools to be invited.

Arriving at Lambeth Palace, the historic home of the Archbishop of Canterbury, we were shown into the library, where our students enjoyed meeting other guests and discussing how young people can work more closely together to promote tolerance between different groups. After speeches from the Archbishop, the Mayor, and the Chief Rabbi, our students met all three and made some of their suggestions; Safa Tuema's idea of replicating the Young Power conference which she helped to organise with Sixth Form students from WA and other schools was particularly well-received.

No event would be complete without photos, and the selfie above (taken by Sadiq Khan) has gone viral around the world, being retweeted by JK Rowling and Ashton Kutcher. After this, we were shown upstairs for an iftar (the evening meal with which Muslims break their fast during Ramadan). All in all, it was a wonderful event, and the students and I were all humbled to be a part of it.

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