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Published by Afterschool.my on Jul 07, 2020, 02:57 pm
Priyanka Vairavasundaram, Nelson Jia Jun Ng and Prevena Ramakrishnan have triumphed in winning the UK’s Prestigious Diana Award 2020 for their inspiring work in social action and community growth. Among 184 recipients who were honoured with the award, these three young Malaysians received the award and we could not be more proud to have them as our national representatives.
The Diana Award was established more than 10 years ago by the British government in the memory of Diana, Princess of Wales. She is well-known for her charitable and activism work, and this award is given in honour of Princess Diana’s legacy and is the most prestigious accolade a young person can receive for their social action and humanitarian efforts to inspire and serve their communities by creating long-lasting change on a global scale.
Priyanka, 23, conducts free enrichment programmes for underprivileged students through SPARK, which has already benefited 3,900 students. This final year chemical engineering student from Monash University spent the past six years investing her time and energy into developing, the ‘SPARK Talk & SPARK Students Success Program’. Dedicated to helping and motivating underprivileged children from deprived communities in Penang, Priyanka uses her experience to deliver motivational talks and educational enrichment programmes.
Nelson, 23, founder of a student-led NGO project called ProjectEd that enables underprivileged students in Malaysia to pursue tertiary education through scholarships, digital mentorships and educational workshops regardless of socio-economic background. A boy of humble beginnings, Nelson, grew up in a rural fishing village but obtained a scholarship to become the first in his family to attend university. His past shaped the inspiration to help those from less fortunate backgrounds by providing equal access to education for everyone.
Prevena, 17, advocates for women and girls in STEM and mentors young women and girls to create various innovation programmes to support gender equality in STEM education with the Talent Developing Society. Prevena reaches out to young and old communities alike. She has organised visits to old folks homes and volunteered to support students from underprivileged backgrounds to participate in competitions. Prevena is a firm believer in ensuring all children have access to human rights, no matter what their socio-economic background may be.
The Diana Award gives young people who contribute to social and humanitarian efforts the credit they deserve by empowering the youth of tomorrow to change the world and assuring them that their works will never go unnoticed.