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Citizenship: Education

Volume 469: debated on Monday 10 December 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what progress has been made in preparing and disseminating guidance for teaching materials to be used in citizenship courses in madrassahs; and what the uptake of such material has been amongst the UK's madrassahs. (169614)

Muslim communities in a number of areas have pioneered the development of citizenship programmes in madrassahs, most notably the Nasiha project in Bradford. Like other supplementary schools madrassahs are not specifically regulated. Therefore, we do not have a definitive account of the number of madrassahs that have implemented citizenship curricula. Communities and Local Government and the Department for Children, Schools and Families are working with Muslim communities to develop a programme of work to identify and disseminate good practice and facilitate increased take-up.