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£20m Language Fund to Help Muslim Women

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Prime Minister David Cameron met with Queen Rania of Jordan at 10 Downing Street. They spoke about about the Syrian humanitarian crisis and the Syria Pledging Conference

Cameron said it was time to confront a minority of Muslim men with “backward attitudes” who exercised “damaging control” over women in their families

Prime Minister David Cameron met with Queen Rania of Jordan at 10 Downing Street. They spoke about about the Syrian humanitarian crisis and the Syria Pledging Conference
Prime Minister David Cameron met with Queen Rania of Jordan at 10 Downing Street. They spoke about about the Syrian humanitarian crisis and the Syria Pledging Conference

Prime Minister David Cameron will allocate £20 million language fund to help the 22% of Muslim women who have little or no English.

Mr Cameron said the moves could help combat radicalisation and extremism.

“More assertive” action is needed to tackle discrimination against Muslim women and their segregation in some UK communities,” Cameron said in an article in The Times.

He said it was time to confront a minority of Muslim men with “backward attitudes” who exercised “damaging control” over women in their families.

Writing in the Times, Mr Cameron said the lack of integration within British society of some Muslim communities had helped to foster extremism and allow “appalling practices” such as female genital mutilation and forced marriage.

“Last week, I chaired a meeting of a group of brilliant Muslim women role models. And while I heard great examples of so many women who are flourishing in our country, some painted an alarming picture of forced gender segregation, discrimination and social isolation from mainstream British life,” he said.

Mr Cameron said it was time to be “more assertive about our liberal values, more clear about the expectations we place on those who come to live here and build our country together and more creative and generous in the work we do to break down barriers”.

“This is Britain. In this country, women and girls are free to choose how they live,” he said.

The lessons will take place in homes, schools and community facilities, with travel and childcare costs – described as “some of the greatest barriers to participation” – being covered. An existing scheme is said to have helped more than 30,000 adults.

In the article, Mr Cameron said it was the responsibility of migrants to improve their English language skills if they wanted to extend their stay in the UK or seek citizenship.

 

 

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  1. Dear Editor
    I read the article on Prime Minister’s proposal to set up £20 million language tuition fund to help Muslim women to learn English. Even though I welcome the move, I do not feel comfortable with the idea of linking the inability to speak English with encouraging extremism.
    Even when it is true that there are certain sections of our society who have difficulty in speaking English as any native speaker, I do not think it is right to think that we could probably be encouraging our wards to join terrorists. It is indeed sad to see our Prime Minister agreeing and thus conforming to the prevalent stereotyping of the Muslim community. He is thus sending out a very dangerous message which would further alienate the Muslim community which is already viewing this government and its measures with increased suspicion.
    He could have really helped himself if he had announced the move to encourage learning the language without singling out any particular community. It is a fact that it is not only the Muslim communities, but there are other European migrants too, who have difficulties with the English language. If his intention was really to integrate and build a cohesive community, he should have announced the language fund without mentioning any single community. It would have helped all the sections of the society who are struggling with the English language.
    As the Prime Minister of a great country, he should have exercised a little more caution in announcing a move from which a greater community could have benefitted.

    Many thanks!

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