Northampton

Muslim girls urged to aim for university

A campaign has been launched in Northamptonshire to encourage young muslim girls to consider going to University.

Achieve Your Potential focuses on giving parents and their daughters advice on higher education.

There are also taster sessions being run at the University of Northampton.

The scheme is organised by community group EIMAN and Aimhigher Northamptonshire.

Khatija Barday-Wood, founder of Empowers, Inspires and Motivates Muslim women through Advocacy and Nurture (EIMAN), said: "There are still barriers preventing many Muslim girls from considering university.

"We are hoping the project can break down these barriers and inspire families to encourage their daughters to study further."

At the moment, students in year 9 and 10 from eight schools across Northamptonshire have been invited to take part in the pilot project and the organisers are hoping to expand in the future.

The taster sessions include motivational talks from successful Muslim women.

Students will also be invited to take part in an Aimhigher summer school in July 2011.

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