Young Ahlconite is honoured with The Diana Award for going above and beyond in their daily life to create and sustain positive change
Ayush Chopra aged 16, from Canada, who started his journey from Ahlcon International School, has been recognized with the highest accolade a young person can achieve for social action or humanitarian efforts – The Diana Award. This year The Diana Award celebrates its 20th anniversary this year.
Established in memory of Diana, Princess of Wales, the Award is given out by the charity of the same name and has the support of both her sons, The Duke of Cambridge and The Duke of Sussex.
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Since the age of 12, Ayush has been engaged in human rights, the UN SDGs and creative methods of presenting the need to be an active citizen. He has organized activities at his Ahlcon International School in India and made videos outlining a real-life application of his own experiences of the benefits of education. Ayush also delivered a powerful speech at the UN Youth for Human Rights International Annual Summit, demanding that no one can sit on the sidelines. Combined with his public speaking and his initiative ‘SDGs For Children’, he has reached thousands of people of all ages to inspire them to learn and take action against injustice.
Ayush is the founder of “SDGs For Children” community and engaging children worldwide on Sustainable Development Goals. He has recently launched his debut book, “Shaping A Fairer World with SDGs and Human Rights”. The book is now being used as daily reference guide for teaching United Nations Sustainable Development Goals in many of the classrooms across various countries. Ayush is an alumnus of Ahlcon International School, India and now studying in Grade 12 at Rick Hansen Senior Secondary School, Mississauga, Canada.
He is also the TeachSDGs Ambassador. Ayush has his own Podcast with voicEd Canada – ‘Shaping A Fairer World’. His Podcast is an attempt to connect Educators, Students and Parents together and to share their voices and unheard stories across the globe. Ayush believes, “Nothing can stand in the way of the power of voices calling for CHANGE.”
TessyOjo, CEO of The Diana Award, says:
“We congratulate all our new International Diana Award Holders who are changemakers for their generation. We know by receiving this honour they will inspire more young people to get involved in their communities and begin their own journey as active citizens. For over twenty years The Diana Award has valued and invested in young people encouraging them to continue to make positive change in their communities and lives of others.”
WHAT IS THE NOMINATION PROCESS?
Award Holders have been put forward by adults who know the young people in a professional capacity and recognized their efforts as a positive contribution to society. Through a rigorous nomination process, these nominators had to demonstrate the nominee’s impact in five key areas: Vision, Social Impact, Inspiring Others, Youth Leadership, and Service Journey.
There are 13 Diana Award Judging Panels representing each UK region or nation and a further two panels representing countries outside of the UK. Each panel consists of four judges; Two Diana AwardHolders, an education or youth work professional, and a business or government representative. The panels have an important main purpose: to determine which nominations from each UK region/nation will receive The Diana Award.
Nominations are judged using the Criteria Guide and Scoring Guide, which have been created to measure quality of youth social action.