The Scottish-Islamic Foundation have appointed Scotland’s first national Muslim youth development officer. Faisal Hussein has been selected to fulfil the role for the next three years. The job’s remit is to support, extend and network current provision for Muslim youth across Scotland. This includes working with local groups as well as mosques. The post was created through funding gained by SIF through the Scottish Government’s Race, Religion and Refugee Integration fund. Hussein has had a longstanding experience in Muslim youth work. Formerly he was the driver behind the establishment of the Yusuf Youth Initiative in Dundee, where he, along with other local young Muslims, established a multi-functional youth centre within a couple of years with very little public or voluntary sector funding….Osama Saeed, Chief Executive of the SIF said: “Faisal’s appointment will enable us to take forward work in this crucially important area. Already we have a solid track record in organising residential and day courses aimed at creating a new generation of Muslim leaders in Scotland by equipping them with knowledge of their faith and how that leads to active citizenship. “Our relationship with imams and mosques is going to be especially valuable in the coming phase. Faisal will be working with them in producing a report on the future of the country’s madrassahs by early 2009.”
Previous posts have discussed other Scottish government support for the SIF.
For background on Hussein and plans for his activities, go here.