As a cultural centre Minaret has a mission to help define, promote and celebrate aspects of African culture in London. To take one example the ancient kingdom of Somalia has a rich heritage of music, dance, art, cookery- in fact all aspects of life. There is a challenge in bringing the best of our culture into a new country, especially when recent Somali history has been tragic and violent. Many adults who came here as refugees are still carrying psychological wounds and an uncertain sense of self.
We aim to restore that sense of identity, self-confidence and dignity. All generations benefits from exploring and taking pride in their roots. The majority of teenagers are able to draw the best from their dual identity and in time contribute their unique gifts to the British way of life. Such success stories do not make news paper headlines.
Sadly, a small number of our boys have been drawn into London’s problems with street crimes along with the youth of many other communities. Minaret is committed to seeking multi-agency solutions but is also aware that other teen-agers both boys and girls face their own pressures as young Somalis in London, for example individual pressures to do with healthy lifestyle and relationships, and group pressures within Britain’s uncertain wider picture to do with being accepted among peers on their own terms.
Minaret aims to offer a secure stable base affirming strong values in this changing modern society and maintaining awareness of our tradition.
The objectives of the organisation are:
Accessing and facilitating
Our next generation.
These objectives are being achieved by the following means: