Kingsbury High School student, Alizay Agha has been chosen as one of the faces of the Diana Award anti-bullying advertising campaign. Alizay features in an advert on the route 23 bus which runs across the centre of London.
First London, part of First Group plc, has donated advertising space on five of its new London buses to the Diana Award, in recognition of young people’s dedication to improving their communities.
Five young people, each with their own inspiring story, feature in the campaign, Who Inspires You? The five young people represent the five Diana Award categories – the Diana Anti-Bullying Champion, the Diana Active Campaigner, the Diana Champion Fundraiser, the Diana Champion Volunteer and the Diana Courageous Citizen.
Minister for Children and Families Tim Loughton met the exceptional young people who are the faces of the campaign at the Houses of Parliament on Monday 12th December 2011.
Tim Loughton said: “I am always humbled to meet exceptional young people who go the extra mile and give back to their communities. The young people honoured with the Diana Award should be proud of their achievements. They are an inspiration to others to get involved and make a difference.” 14 year old Alizay said: “Being part of such an amazing advertisement campaign and representing an Anti-Bullying Champion makes me feel proud to know that I represent those who work to reduce bullying. I know what it’s like to be bullied and I used my experience to support others and I inspire them to stand up against bullying.”
Alizay was nominated by her teachers for a Diana Anti-Bullying Award for her commitment to tackling bullying. Alizay went through a difficult phase in her life, where she was being bullied severely. After fighting through this she was motivated to share her experience and knowledge on Anti-Bullying with other pupils in her school. She took part in a one week training course with an organisation, PeerLink, a national network for young people involved in conflict resolution and mediation.
She became a trained and certified mediator and along with the other pupils, they set up a lunchtime drop in club and called Unite. Alizay was asked to mediate pupils who were being bullied, and she helped them re-gain some confidence. Alizay has tried to create a new mind-set for pupils in her school focusing on self acceptance and accepting others. Alizay also visits primary schools to educate the younger children on what bullying is and how we can prevent it.
The young people who are part of the campaign also went to Downing Street to deliver photographs of the campaign to the Diana Award Patron David Cameron.
For more information or to make a nomination go to: the Diana Award
[information provided by the Diana Award; photograph by Steve]