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Friday, 14 January 2011

School success

If you've ever wondered whether petitioning works you have in Date Valley School, Morden an excellent example. Through the combined campaigning of the Muslim community in South West London and by the grace of Allah the council agreed this week to keep the school open despite serious closure threats.

Founded in 1999 and originally in New Malden, Date Valley is a pre-school and primary school that teaches its students family values, ethics and the national curriculum from an Islamic perspective. Originally on even smaller premises and founded through the will power of one strong muslim woman the school had been going from strength to strength until its rented premises were threatened with closure.

Parents and teachers led a campaign which resulted in 2500 signatures of objection. Parents also turned out in droves for the deciding council meeting on 13th January.

The good news is now being celebrated over London by parents and teachers alike and represents a real victory for the community. Indeed a proof that Allah will never change the condition of a people until they change themselves.

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