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 A girl from Bengaluru won Diana Legacy Award

26-05-2017 09:37 PM | MIND Correspondent | My Indian Dream

 A girl from Bengaluru won Diana Legacy Award | My Indian Dream

 Her work in the field of education for those under-privileged was recognized internationally. 

This 14-year-old from Bengaluru has done something that even a group of professionals cannot do for better education. Motivated to do something for under-privileged children and their education who are forced to leave studies because of poor conditions Nikhiya Shamsher started an e-commerce website. What next would totally surprise you. For this noble cause, Shamsher received Diana Legacy Award in the hands of Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Prince Harry at the St Jame’s Palace UK. 

In her due course, Nikhiya realized that there are many children who does not have access to even basic education. Many students have to share a single text books and because of the same many bright children are forced to leave education. Looking at these poor conditions, Nikhiya started a project called as Yearn to Learn that set up 15 science laboratories which benefited  3,500 students. By starting an e-commerce website called as http:www.knicnacs.com she also funded education of 25 blind children. 

The award which she bagged was started by Princess Diana who always wished to recognize young students who have socially impacted through their deeds. 20 students are identified as winners as legacies of princess. Shamsher was the only Indian among other 19 students who won the award. Other country students who bagged the award were United Arab Emirates, UK, USA, Belizr, Canada among others. 


As per a report published in The Times of India, Nikhiya said, “The award has strengthened my believe in my project, giving me the confidence that I am doing the right thing.”

She added, “The benefit of this recognition is that a lot more people would now be interested and serious about the cause I'm working towards.” 

About her experience receiving the award Nikhiya said,

“The royal family was extremely encouraging and gave us the confidence that we were doing the right thing and keeping alive Princess Diana's tradition," she said, adding, "None of this would have been possible without the support of my parents and my school (Greenwood High).”


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