Three Pakistanis awarded The Queen’s Young Leaders Award


ISLAMABAD: Three Pakistanis, Hassan Mujtaba Zaidi, Mahnoor Syed and Haroon Yasin have received The Queen’s Young Leaders Award from Queen Elizabeth II of Britain at a ceremony held on Tuesday at Buckingham Palace.

Hassan uses art to help educate marginalised young people in Pakistan. Mahnoor’s start-up ‘Spread the Word’ began by partnering with seven schools to provide extra-curricular workshops to students on issues such as bullying, child abuse, mental and physical health while Haroon is the founder of Orenda, which teaches children in Pakistan the national curriculum through an engaging digital education model.

British High Commissioner Thomas Drew said, “I am delighted that three young Pakistanis have been presented with Queen’s Young Leaders Award from by the queen.  It is a tribute to their remarkable work to transform lives in their communities. They have demonstrated that young people are taking the lead to change the world for the better.  I hope that, through their awards, they continue to inspire others around them.”

This month the last ever Queen’s Young Leaders convened in London for their Residential programme – 10 days of high-level meetings and engagements that began on 18th June designed to help them further their life-changing work.

During their time in UK, they also visited 10 Downing Street, met senior representatives from the UK’s leading organisations and charities and took part in educational workshops at the University of Cambridge’s Institute of Continuing Education.