A 15-year-old Delhi boy has received the prestigious Diana Award for making positive changes in his daily life. Ishan Kapur, a student at Wellington College, UK, has been recognised as the most distinguished young person who can be awarded the Diana Award for social or humanitarian work. Ishan works with the New Delhi Sri Ramakrishna Ashram. It helps marginalised girls to access local school uniforms.
Ishan developed and launched an ambitious fundraising campaign for £5000, collecting nearly 100 laptops and tablets, while ensuring that everyone had an online link to access learning during their long, nationwide lock-down.
The Diana prize was created in remembrance of Diana, Princess of Wales. The award is presented by the same name charity and is supported by both her sons, The Duke of Cambridge and The Duke of Sussex.
His compassion and dedication allowed young people, despite many obstacles, to continue their education. Ishan is an excellent example of his community.
“We congratulate all our new UK and worldwide Diana Awards winners who have changed their generation. We know that by receiving this honour they will inspire more young people to become involved in their communities and start an active journey. For over 20 years, the Diana Award has appreciated and invested in young people to encourage them to continue making positive changes in their communities and lives, “Tessy Ojo, Diana Award CEO, said.
Adults who know the young people professional and recognise their efforts as a positive contribution to society have presented the award recipients. The nominators had to show the influence of the nominee in five key areas by means of a rigorous nomination procedure: vision, social impact, inspiring other, the youth leadership and service journey.
There are twelve Diana Judging Panels representing each UK region or nation and three other panels representing countries outside the United Kingdom. Each panel consists of three judges: one young person, a professional in education or youth work, a representative of businesses or governments. The panels are important in determining which nominations are being awarded the Diana Award for each UK region/nation/country. The nominations are assessed using the Guide and Scoring Guide for the Quality Assessment of Youth Social Action.
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