Queen Elizabeth to honour young people from Zambia with prestigious Award

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Natasha Salifyanji Kakoma chats with Queen Elizabeth II
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Her Majesty The Queen will present Gift Chansa and Sela Kasepa from Zambia with a Queen’s Young Leaders Award at a special ceremony at Buckingham Palace, London, on Tuesday 26th June. The Awards recognise the work that young people from across the Commonwealth are doing to transform lives in their community and beyond.

Gift from Lusaka will receive a Queen’s Young Leaders Award for the work he is doing using his skills as a circus performer to transform the lives of disadvantaged young people in Zambia after co-founding Circus Zambia which provides participants in the township of Chibolya with circus, academic and life skills.

Sela from Kitwe will receive a Queen’s Young Leaders Award for the work she is doing to explore how science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) can help solve some of the challenges faced by her country by applying knowledge gained from her own engineering studies to found and teach on Zambia’s first robotics development team.

Gift, 26, and Sela, 21, were selected following a competitive process involving thousands of applicants across the Commonwealth. Together they join a network of 240 powerful young leaders, from 53 Commonwealth countries, who are driving change to make the world a better place.

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The 2018 Queen’s Young Leaders are finding solutions to global issues such as climate change, food scarcity, gender-based violence, mental health, and access to education.

The Queen’s Young Leaders Award winners take part in a year-long leadership course run by the University of Cambridge and receive bespoke mentoring. They will visit the UK for a programme of high-profile networking opportunities, meetings and training designed to help them develop as leaders and work with ever greater impact.

Later this month, during their time in the UK, Gift and Sela will visit 10 Downing Street, take part in masterclasses at the BBC World Service and the UK Headquarters of Facebook. Award winners will then meet with the Commonwealth Secretary-General and High Commissioners from across the Commonwealth, before receiving their Award from Her Majesty The Queen at Buckingham Palace. They will also attend workshops at the University of Cambridge 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:

“Through selfless determination, the Queen’s Young Leaders of 2018 are dedicating their lives to bring positive change to those around them. Their visit to the UK this June provides them with a unique opportunity to connect with each other and gain valuable lessons from experts and leaders from all walks of life which we hope will help transform the reach of their endeavours for many years to come. I am delighted that the work they are undertaking is being recognised by Her Majesty The Queen and I look forward to meeting this year’s winners and celebrating the remarkable difference that they have already made all over the Commonwealth. Now that we are in the fourth and final year of this special programme, we look proudly on the network that is the Queen’s Young Leaders and feel confident that the future will be driven by their courage and commitment towards making the world a better place.”

The Queen’s Young Leaders programme was established in 2014 by The Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Trust in partnership with Comic Relief, The Royal Commonwealth Society and the University of Cambridge’s Institute of Continuing Education, in recognition of The Queen’s lifetime of service to the Commonwealth.

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21 COMMENTS

    • The pronunciation of the name by the Queen will be a challenge. In any case why not just be honoured by Chitimukulu, Mupenzeni, Mukuni or the Litunga. What all the fuss about? Some sensible people will not even accept this or the knighthood, This is tantamount to colonialism of the mind. To follow the queen and say to her, please honour me, I submit myself to you!

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    • Chitimukulu, Mupenzeni, Mukuni, Litunga and the others are all broke niggas. All of them are like crabs in the same pot trying to clamber up from poverty.

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    • Meanwhile Mushota is receiving a special buy one get one free from MacDonald’s in Scotland! Congrats to the lucky winners well done andake use of this wonderful opportinity!

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  1. Baiche please don’t do nursing in the UK.You do a BSc in Degree bcoz you will be wiping old people’s as$ses and putting napkins on them..What’s the difference with boys who (wipe) wash cars or nurses who wipe “Queen Elizabeth’s” as$ in the UK? Exposure to pee and poo is dangerous as the hot swampy poop gas cutting off oxygen to the body leads to a potentially lethal condition known as hypoxia. Old people’s poop turns into jenkem (heh) which result in diarrhea, gastrointestinal infection and brain damage.. Inhaling massive quantities of poo poo as it turns out into jenkem vaporizer,and all you’re inhaling is fart.And to think we were all feeling bad for the nurses (human centipede) when they were really having the high of their lives by inhaling poo gas also known as farts.I can’t huff…

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    • Iwe pachani pako, waligomaika sana. Your twisted sense of humour is at another level.

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  2. The famous old witch of Buckingham Palace will finally return a tiny fraction of the loot that was gotten from the colonies.

    ….Hypocrites!

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  3. Congratulations! HaNegatives hates HaPositives on Zambia and Zambians! All they see in everyone is “Thief,” “Corruption” which in essence means (Not one of us) and lamentably fails to see the inside trading thief called Hazaluza Hagain! Congratulations young lads.

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  4. If the story had been on the president, his development agenda and the emerging new Zambia we have, Animo Farm would have been all over here!

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  5. koma ungaseke ma comments yena, muzikula bane. the power of a tongue works ka, you always have something negative to talk about whether something good occurs to your friend.

    Congrats to the 2 lads!

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  6. Congratulation to Gift and Sela for the recognition. This is an indication that Zambians can compete with anyone in the world. I would not say the same about our political leaders.

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  7. Commonwealth is not a good organization for Africa because its a contuation of colonialism, science can be surppoted here in Africa but the only problem is that those who have good opportunities ,they just buy moving industries (expensive vehicles and wanting to become presidents)local private sectors have to come in to support such type of programmes.

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  8. Surprised Mushota has not been listed for her PHD and for her services and duties to Nic in Scotland .

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