A member of Portsmouth City Council's religious education advisory council has received an award for his influential work.

Taki Jaffer is a member of Portsmouth’s Standing Advisory Council for Religious Education (SACRE), which supports religious education and collective worship in schools. SACRE works with the council to continuously review religious education and promote unity.

Taki received the award of ‘SACRE member who has made a significant impact’ from the National Association of SACREs. He was nominated by┬ámembers of the Portsmouth SACRE for his work in ┬áboth the community and through the SACRE, where he is an active contributor, always sharing his views, advice and offering to help others.

Revd. Samantha Duddles, Chair of Portsmouth SACRE said:

“Through his work on the ground and through the SACRE, he has shown that in our area, there is more that unites us than divides us.”

Taki is a leading member of his mosque (Wessex Jamaat, in Fareham), and a committed member of both the Portsmouth SACRE and PRENO (Portsmouth Race Equality Network Organisation). He has been a representative on the Portsmouth SACRE for over 20 years and has been enthusiastically reappointed by the council each year.

Through his outreach work, Taki’s driving force is to bring people together from all major faiths including Christian traditions, Sunni, Shia, Muslims, the Orthodox and Reformed Jewish communities, and Hindus and Sikhs. He has a particular passion for the work the council does for the students of Portsmouth, to help facilitate a positive change in schools, enhance young people’s learning and empower them to be in the driving seat of decision making.

He is also a member of the SACRE Monitoring Group where he helps with its monitoring role and ensures pupils receive their statutory entitlement in RE at the highest possible quality.

Cllr Suzy Horton, Cabinet Member for Children, Families and Education said:

“I am delighted to hear Taki has received this award. He is a valued and passionate member of the community and Portsmouth SACRE, and the award recognises all the great work he has done over the last 20 years and will continue to do going forward.”