Scope for ed­u­ca­tion, not for ex­trem­ism

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - OPINION -

I WISH to clar­ify my po­si­tion on an ar­ti­cle about Mus­lim ex­trem­ism ( Site could re-ed­u­cate ex­trem­ists like in the past, Bea­cons­field Ad­ver­tiser, Oc­to­ber 2). This should have been part of a larger ar­ti­cle de­scrib­ing the his­tory of the Wil­ton Park site.

There are par­al­lels be­tween the Sec­ond World War sit­u­a­tion with Nazi in­doc­tri­na­tion and cur­rent con­cern with Mus­lim ex­trem­ism. The Ger­man re-ed­u­ca­tion pro­gramme that ran be­tween 1946 and 1950 en­cour­aged de­bate and free think­ing, and later con­tin­ued un­der the Wil­ton Park name at a global dis­cus­sion cen­tre at Steyn­ing in Sus­sex.

My ini­tial thoughts be­fore Shean Block had been de­mol­ished were that it would have been a large space to oc­cupy, and as well as a her­itage cen­tre it had scope for ed­u­ca­tional ac­tiv­i­ties (which would have pro­vided fund­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties).

Among other pos­si­bil­i­ties, I was sug­gest­ing a dis­cus­sion cen­tre for young peo­ple ex­plor­ing Is­lamic fun­da­men­tal­ism, with a view to pre­vent­ing ex­trem­ism. I am em­phat­i­cally not ad­vo­cat­ing a be­spoke re-ed­u­ca­tion cen­tre for Mus­lim ex­trem­ists. TOBY Pickard, 16, of Gar­ners Road, Chal­font St Peter, took th­ese photographs of his vil­lage at night.

Toby, who at­tends Dr Chal­loner’s Gram­mar School in Amer­sham, said: “While a busy vil­lage dur­ing the day, Chal­font St Peter turns into a beau­ti­fully quiet place at night, as por­trayed by the pho­tos.

“I re­ally love how they look when put into black and white, too.”

Do you have an eye for a good pho­to­graph? Would you like to see your work in this col­umn?

Email a high-res­o­lu­tion JPEG file of a favourite snap to us at buck­snews@trin­i­tysouth.co.uk.

Please in­clude your name, ad­dress and phone num­ber and a brief de­scrip­tion of the scene.

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