Thursday, 06 October 2011
A University of Worcester student has received an award from the House of Lords for her achievements working with organisations such as the United Nations (UN) and the Universal Peace Federation (UPF).
Neelam Rose, 19, was nominated for the Youth Achievement Award by the UPF as a young person who is working towards creating a better social change on an international level.
Neelam, who is currently starting her second year of her degree in Youth and Community Services, was nominated after she spent four days at the UN conferences in Vienna where she spoke to world leaders about her beliefs that communities should work together to create a better place.
The second-year student, who is also Diversity Officer at the University, was able to speak in Vienna due to being awarded a scholarship from the university which covered half of her costs.
“It was amazing to have the support of the university. Not many universities provide scholarships for this kind of thing, so I was so grateful and proud that I could represent the university.”
Neelam is often asked to speak at conferences and events internationally where she talks about subjects she is passionate about such as human rights, domestic abuse and terrorism to name a few.
“I believe that it’s important to learn and that life is a learning process. I think politics needs a younger perspective on important issues and I have the commitment it requires.”
Neelam has been nominated for and won many other awards, such as winning Big Sisters of Greater Birmingham Award for being an exceptional role model for younger girls.
Her Youth Achievement Award, which she collected from the House of Lords, has given her inspiration to carry on her work.
“I didn’t know I was nominated and when I found out I had won I felt so humble. It was also really nice to meet other young people who are doing the same thing as me and that we’re all working together towards making the world a better place.”