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Hastings Youth Award for Pestalozzi student Claire Gapare

Claire Gapare with her Hastings Youth Awards certificate
Pestalozzi student Claire Gapare with her Hastings Youth Awards certificate. (Photo by Sarah Kadri)

Accepting the award from Alan Roberts
Pestalozzi students Ugyen Wangchuk, Thinley Dhendup and Sushan Shrestha are presented with Pestalozzi's award by Mayor of Hastings Alan Roberts.

Video: Hastings Youth Awards 2013

5 December 2013

Pestalozzi student Claire Gapare received a Hastings Youth Award for her youth work in Zimbabwe, while Pestalozzi also gathered an award for our work with local young people, at a vibrant ceremony in Hastings.

Claire Gapare, who came to Pestalozzi from Zimbabwe in 2012, received an award for her contribution to her home community. She has set up Photizo Christian Youth Club in Zimbabwe to define and implement spiritual, academic and health related strategies that transform the lives of the girls aged between 6 and 16. Read Claire's opinion on women as global leaders here.

Claire, who attended the UN Secretary-General's Global Education First Initiative conference in New York in July, said she was greatly humbled and honoured to have received the award. She strongly believes that education is the solution to many problems and it gives all people the equal opportunities in life. "Making a difference is not only about doing big things, its about doing the small things that add value to your environment, she said. "Id like to thank both Pestalozzi and my other sponsor, Higher Life Foundation, for giving me the opportunity to become a responsible young person, able and willing to help.

Pestalozzi itself was also recognised at the ceremony. While we are best known for our scholarship programme for students from disadvantaged communities around the world, we also work with local young people and children, running workshops and activities with local schools and helping other young people through partnerships with groups like the Eggtooth Project. "Its great to be recognised for our outreach work in the community, said Student Programme Officer Victoria Wilson.

Two other Pestalozzi students, Tibetan Ugyen Wangchuk and Bhutanese Thinley Dhendup, gave a break dance performance at the awards ceremony. The Hastings Youth Awards are run annually in conjunction with Hastings Got Culture and with the support of Hastings and District Interfaith Forum, Hastings Youth Council, Hastings Borough Council, Many Voices One Hastings, SPARK and the Hastings and St Leonards Foreshore Charitable Trust.

This is the second year Pestalozzi and our students have been recognised by the Hastings Youth Awards. Read about our 2012 awards here.