Past Events

The City Circle is an open circle for open minds

Shaping Futures through Education & Mentoring

Speakers: Anisa Nachett, Safya Benniche, Salahuddin Mazhary

Date: Friday 22 January

Time: 18:45-20:30

Venue: Abrar House, 45 Crawford Place, London W1H 4LP

Event Details:

The City Circle Saturday School was founded in 1999 to address educational disadvantage. We believe that with the right level of support from the school and commitment from the students, every child is capable of the highest level of academic achievement.

Now in its 17th year, the School continues to provide targeted assistance at primary and secondary level to combat lower achievement levels by students from disadvantaged backgrounds. Teaching focuses on numeracy and literacy and Muslim students also have access to Islamic Studies and Ethics classes. The School also aims to provide positive role models to encourage our students to grow into balanced adults who make a positive impact within their communities. 

For this #cctalk we have invited three former students, now enjoying three very different vocations, to discuss their experiences of the City Circle Saturday School and the impact the supplementary education had on them.



Salahuddin Mazhary studied at the City Circle Saturday School from year 5 to year 10. He is a BA History and Geography graduate from SOAS and Kings College. He plays an active part in the charity MADE in Europe’s Eco Ambassador Scheme and is an emerging activist, passionate about issues of social, political and environmental injustice, and fashion! Alongside his activism, he is launching a blog on the cultural diversity of global Muslim men's fashion.


Anisa Nachett is a former student of City Saturday School, she attended between the ages of 14-18. With a passion for art and design she went on to study Architecture at Oxford Brookes University. After graduation she worked as a 3D Designer for an experiential design practice in London, where she worked on large scale projects within the Museum and Exhibition industry. She also worked on several freelance projects including the first children’s Quranic pop-up book, called ‘The Story of the Elephant’, for Shade7.

Currently she is finishing her master’s degree at the Technical University of Delft, in the Netherlands. She spent the last year working in the realms of parametric design and exhibited works in the Media Lab El Prado in Madrid. From February onwards she will be developing her graduation project. She will be researching the relationship between the ‘Hand’ and Architecture and its implications on the understanding of space.

Safya Benniche was a student at City Circle Saturday School from the ages of 10 – 17 and taught at the school for a further three years. She has completed her undergraduate degree in Biomedical Sciences at King’s College London and is now partaking in an MSc in Global Mental Health, a joint course offered by KCL and the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. She has developed a particular interest in the effects of conflict on health and hopes to pursue a research project on the topic for the summer.  

Additional details:

Free entrance. All welcome. Prayer space available. Street parking free from 18:30. Doors open at 18:45 and the talk begins at 19:00. If you have any questions, please contact us: