MEET THE PEO­PLE LIGHT­ING UP OUR LIVES

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TANYA re­ceived her award for her ‘fan­tas­tic ini­tia­tive’ in or­gan­is­ing the first ever TEDx youth event at her school.

Bea­cons­field High stu­dent Tanya Mubayiwa cre­ated the event in July 2105, giv­ing young peo­ple and the com­mu­nity both a plat­form to per­form and a chance to shine.

She lead a team of 17 other stu­dents and built a part­ner­ship be­tween The Na­tional Film and Tele­vi­sion School and the O2 Think Big Scheme to put the night to­gether.

Her in­spi­ra­tion came from her love of lis­ten­ing to pas­sion­ate speak­ers as she found events like TEDx talks a bril­liant way to learn and be­lieved that young peo­ple would ben­e­fit from a sim­i­lar plat­form.

The event saw 150 guests be­ing en­ter­tained with a night of talks and per­for­mances on sci­ence, lan­guages, mu­sic, po­etry and dance.

Tanya also be­came a se­nior anti-bul­ly­ing am­bas­sador through the Diana Awards pro­gramme, Anti-Bul­ly­ing Pro, where she lead a group of 18 other stu­dent am­bas­sadors in mak­ing the school a bul­ly­ing free zone.

The cam­paign in­volves a num­ber of dif­fer­ent projects aimed at re­duc­ing bul­ly­ing in schools, which in­cludes men­tor­ing younger stu­dents along with or­gan­is­ing work­shops and as­sem­blies in lo­cal schools to spread the an­tibul­ly­ing cam­paign.

For­mer prime min­is­ter David Cameron said: “Tanya showed fan­tas­tic ini­tia­tive in set­ting up an event to show the best of young peo­ple in her lo­cal com­mu­nity.

“She not only demon­strated what young peo­ple are ca­pa­ble of, she also men­tored the team work­ing with her to build skills that will open up op­por­tu­ni­ties for them in the fu­ture.

“I know that Tanya is con­tin­u­ing to make a dif­fer­ence in young peo­ple’s lives as an an­tibul­ly­ing am­bas­sador and I am de­lighted to recog­nise all of her work by mak­ing her a Point of Light.”

Tanya said: “It’s an hon­our for me to be recog­nised for pur­su­ing what I be­lieve in – and I truly hope that my achieve­ments in­spire other young peo­ple to em­bark on their own so­cial ac­tion jour­ney.

“I also hope my ef­forts al­low peo­ple to un­der­stand that youth so­cial ac­tion doesn’t have to be a large scale ex­am­ple of work but that it can be­gin from pur­su­ing your pas­sion and help­ing oth­ers with your tal­ents.”

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