School to keep up with Islam

The Muslim Association of Marlborough is running a Saturday afternoon school to teach children about the Islamic faith and culture.

School spokesman Farhim Ahmet says the purpose is to ensure that Muslim children do not lose touch with their roots.

"We teach them about the religion, and we also teach them traditional crafts and cooking so that they don't lose their identity and culture," Mr Ahmet says.

He has lived in Blenheim for 12 years. The school was started just over two months ago in response to the growing Muslim population in Marlborough and has around 16 youngsters between the ages of two and 16 who attend. Classes are free and are held above the Citizens Advice Bureau in Market St, Blenheim, from 12.30pm to 5.30pm on Saturday.

For more information contact Mr Ahmet on 03 577 8599.

The Marlborough Express