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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.”