Creativity That Is Making A Difference
When Yazi, a Skipton born single mum of four, set up her business Amaali.co.uk she had no business plan or idea that she would be appearing on BBC2 sharing her educational school workshops with many watching her on ‘Recipes That Made Me’ which was presented by Nisha Katona.
When the production company wanted Yazi to share her Kashmiri dishes she was keen to show them how it’s not food just for her ‘Kashmiri’ community. Yazi has been working with schools who have very little or no diversity, integrating and learning about cultures through her Kashmiri food.
Yazi had no idea how much her Kashmiri food knowledge passed down by her mother would play a big role in her life today.
When Yazi experienced some negative behaviour and remarks through a move from one end of town to the other, she decided to take a brave step and give up her job, set up a business and so try to educate the pupils in the Dales.
"There was no plan to do the food, but I quickly realised that food was a really good way of breaking down barriers and connecting communities" said Yazi.
Yazi now regularly delivers workshops in schools in the North educating pupils not just in the Dales, but travelling to Whitby and further afield to Cumbria. She uses her creative workshops of Arabic writing storytelling, drama, Bollywood dancing and her popular Kashmiri food workshops.
On the BBC2 programme - episode 3 ‘Recipes that made me’ Yazi visited Regal Café in Bradford where hot Kashmiri breakfast was served and Yazi shared her family history and the link to Yorkshire.
Nisha Katona then visited Yazi delivering one of her cooking workshops at Cononley Primary School and the pupils celebrated by dressing in vibrant traditional costumes and watched some Bollywood dancing. Parents were invited to come and taste the wonderful dishes the pupils had created with Yazi.
"Delivering workshops in schools exposing pupils to Kashmiri heritage, Muslim faith and culture, taking away the fear of the unknown and taking diversity into schools that have very little experience on ‘other’ cultures is extremely rewarding", said Yazi.
"The pupils were fantastic, they loved every bit of the workshops from cooking to dancing and it was an extra bonus being filmed for TV".
"I didn’t want to lecture pupils. It is all about hands on and creative workshops".
Yazi ‘s hands on practical workshops have proven to be very popular with staff, pupils and parents.
Local schools see the importance of sharing a positive experience and celebrate the cultures by meeting someone with a different colour skin and giving children the experience of understanding diversity in Britain.
"People may struggle with understanding cultures and a good way is through creative workshops experiencinng and using all senses, be it dancing to Bollywood music or tasting healthy seekh kebabs. I always love the faces of the pupils when they see the chapattis puff up" says Yazi.
Yazi delivers workshops to both primary and secondary schools as well as working with adults.
For more information go to: https://www.amaali.co.uk/british-values-in-schools
Creativity That Is Making A Difference, 25th September 2018, 18:00 PM