Young person from Zimbabwe is honoured with The Diana Award for going above and beyond in their daily life to create and sustain positive change.
Tanatsei Gambura aged 20, from Zimbabwe has been recognised with the highest accolade a young person can achieve for social action or humanitarian efforts – The Diana Award. This year The Diana Award celebrates its 20th anniversary year.
Established in memory of Diana, Princess of Wales, the Award is given out by the charity of the same name and has the support of both her sons, The Duke of Cambridge and The Duke of Sussex.
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When Tanatsei had to stay home because her school fees became unaffordable, she developed a passion for writing poetry. Aware that the social injustice that undermined her education was something faced by many of her African peers, she harnessed her creative energy for a social purpose: founding the 25 May Movement, which aims “to build a vibrant, dynamic and sustainable creative sector that contributes to development in Africa”. To date, the organisation, which runs workshops, creates short films and catalyses dialogue around pressing socio-political issues ranging from masculinity to colourism in Africa, has reached over 60,000 viewers online.
Tessy Ojo, CEO of The Diana Award, says:
“We congratulate all our new International Diana Award Holders who are changemakers for their generation. We know by receiving this honour they will inspire more young people to get involved in their communities and begin their own journey as active citizens. For over twenty years The Diana Award has valued and invested in young people encouraging them to continue to make positive change in their communities and lives of others.”
WHAT IS THE NOMINATION PROCESS?
Award Holders have been put forward by adults who know the young people in a professional capacity and recognised their efforts as a positive contribution to society. Through a rigorous nomination process, these nominators had to demonstrate the nominee’s impact in five key areas: Vision, Social Impact, Inspiring Others, Youth Leadership, and Service Journey.
There are 13 Diana Award Judging Panels representing each UK region or nation and a further two panels representing countries outside of the UK. Each panel consist of four judges; Two Diana Award Holders, an education or youth work professional, and a business or government representative. The panels have an important main purpose: to determine which nominations from each UK region/nation will receive The Diana Award.
Nominations are judged using the Criteria Guide and Scoring Guide which have been created to measure quality of youth social action.