Scope for education, not for extremism
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.”
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