Two Bangladeshi youths are set to be presented with the Queen’s Young Leaders Award by Her Majesty the Queen herself, in a ceremony at Buckingham Palace in London on June 29, according to a press statement.
Bangladeshi’s Sajid Iqbal, 25, and Rahat Hossain, 26, will join seven other Asian recipients of the award at this years ceremony, as well as 25 from Africa, 14 from the Caribbean and Americas, four from Europe and eight from the Pacific region that includes Australia, New Zealand and their neighbouring nations.
Sajid will be honoured with the award for his contribution towards the use of renewable energy. The youth-led development agency Change, which he is the founder of, has been promoting the use of renewable energy since 2012, and has introduced solar bottle lights to 4,000 people in disadvantaged communities.
Rahat, on the other hand, shall be awarded for his contribution to Bangladesh’s emergency and disaster relief services. CriticaLink, which he co-founded, provides emergency first aid training to volunteers and also alerts them to accidents via a mobile app. CriticaLink has so far trained over 2,600 volunteers and led to the rescue of over 1,000 patients in Dhaka.
As quoted in a press statement, Sajid Iqbal said: “The Queen's Young Leaders will provide me with a unique opportunity to strengthen my networking skills and build good relationships with government agencies and the media to help support our activities.”
Before receiving their Queen’s Young Leaders Award at Buckingham Palace, the winners will visit 10 Downing Street, as well as take part in master classes at the BBC World Service and the UK headquarters of Facebook. They will also meet the Commonwealth Secretary-General, take part in workshops at the University of Cambridge, meet senior executives from some of the UK’s leading organisations and visit projects that are changing the lives of vulnerable people in the UK.
Dr Astrid Bonfield CBE, chief executive of The Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Trust, said: “The Queen’s Young Leaders of 2017 are doing truly remarkable work within their communities. Their actions are having a positive impact not only on those around them but also by setting in motion positive change that will last for generations to come.
“We are delighted that these young people are being recognised for their life-changing work by Her Majesty The Queen and we hope that their time in the UK will inspire and enable them to pursue their work for others on an ever greater scale.”
Details about Queen's Young Leaders and this years winners can be found here