Last Thursday Blackburn Central High School hosted decorated British Army Major Naveed Muhammad MBE who visited to give motivational talks to some of our students.
Major Naveed Muhammad MBE visited BCHS with Crosshill as part of a home office initiative to celebrate and commemorate 100 years of Muslim contribution to the British army.
Major Muhammad talked to our Year 11 students about the strength and qualities needed to succeed in the Armed Forces, and shared some his life experience and advice on overcoming racial tension and barriers. He talked about his early childhood, his time in the army, and being honoured by the queen in the honours list.
The Major had an informal Q&A session with Year 9 students over lunch, where he gave examples of how his successes in life are a result of hard work, plus stressed the importance of unity, community and the promotion of British Values.
The day ended with his motivational speech for our Year 10 students, where he encouraged resilience, ambition and determination to succeed. The major explained the importance of hard work, dedication and acceptance in forging a successful career, be it in the army or a civilian field.
ICT teacher Mr Farooq, said Major Muhammad was a ‘huge motivation’ to students from all backgrounds.
He said: “It was an immense honour to have Major Naveed Muhammad MBE visit BCHS.
“With all that he has accomplished in his long and established career as a British Muslim in the British Army he was a huge motivation to our students of Muslim heritage, as well as students from other backgrounds. The major was involved in meeting a range of pupils throughout the school.
“The major also stressed that to succeed in life, all students must be accepting and that accepting everyone they meet throughout their lives for who they are and being a good human and kind to all is a value that everyone should have.
“All students thanked the major for his words of wisdom.”