3 young Pakistani win the Queen’s Young Leaders Award 2018

Haroon Yasin, Hassan Mujtaba Zaidi and Mahnoor Syed have won the prestigious awards

The Queen’s Young Leaders awards recently announced the winners of 2018 and 3 young Pakistanis have won the award. This year’s awards received hundreds and thousands of applications from across the world including countries like Bangladesh, Brunei Darussalam, India, Ghana, Kenya, Lesotho, Malawi, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, and more.

The three Pakistanis that won the award are Haroon Yasin, Hassan Mujtaba Zaidi, and Mahnoor Syed.

The winners were announced on December 5th with Prince Harry personally congratulating all the winners through a video message.


Meet the 3 Pakistani winners of Queen’s Young Leader Awards 2018

Hassan Mujtaba Zaidi
Founder and director of Discovering New Artists (DNA)

Hassan Mujtaba Zaidi helps educate marginalized young people of Pakistan through art. His organization, Discovering New Artists provides free art, primary and secondary education to any students who are unable to afford to go to school.

DNA helps young students by raising money and funding school projects through their initiative ‘Art for Change’. It is a national competition for child art which aims to help form a link between young people in the underprivileged and privileged communities of Pakistan.


Haroon Yasin
Founder of Orenda

Haroon Yasin has endlessly and tirelessly worked hard to provide underprivileged children with good education. His organization ‘Orenda’ teaches children the national curriculum through a very unique and digital education model.

His mission is to build a dynamic education model that will help with the development of children throughout Pakistan. Orenda’s team is already teaching 1,300 children in the rural areas of Pakistan through a unique digital cartoon series specially developed to educate children.


Mahnoor Syed
Executive Director and founder of Spread The Word

Mahnoor started out by supporting underprivileged people around her community. She founded her organization ‘Spread the word’ and partnered with various schools to provide extra-curricular activities and workshops to students. The workshops cover topics such as mental and physical health, child abuse and bullying.

Spread the word has now more than 300 volunteers from around the country helping students learn about these problems in the society. Mahnoor has also been able to secure funds to establish two libraries in Lahore.


More about the Queen’s Young Leaders Awards 2018

The prestigious Awards Programme ‘Queen’s Young Leaders’ celebrates exceptionally talented young people from around the world who are working hard to improve the life of others in their country or communities.

The awards programme was developed in 2014 with help of Prince Harry. It selects 60 young people each year who are awarded Grants scheme that helps organizations in the selected countries that work with young people to help solve the problems that are affecting the lives of their communities.

The Queen’s Young Leader Awards will no longer continue from 2018 onwards.


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