Nehemiah Aaron Nathan, the young champ from UNITEN has been honoured with Diana Award 2023. The Diana Award is a charitable legacy to Diana, Princess of Wales’ conviction in the ability of young people to transform the world. Princess Diana belonged to the British royal family. She was Charles, Prince of Wales’s first wife and the mother of Princes William and Harry. Diana’s advocacy and elegance established her as an international icon with enduring popularity. Her peculiar approach to charitable work was lauded in the media. Her patronage first focused on children and youth, but she eventually became noted for her work with AIDS victims and her battle for eradicating landmines. She also advocated for solutions to support individuals affected by cancer and mental illness. Her impact on the royal family and British society has been profound. In the remembrance of her charitable work, the Princess Diana award is bestowed to the most inspiring young people in the United Kingdom and around the world. Notably, the recipients of the awards are youth aged 9 to 25 who have gone above and beyond in their lives to generate and sustain positive change, as well as for their social initiatives or humanitarian efforts.
In that case, Nehemiah who is Tunku Scholar currently pursuing Electrical and Electronic Engineering at Universiti Tenaga Nasional (UNITEN) was one of the two Malaysians among 200 youngsters who received the Princess Diana award 2023 for social action or humanitarian work. This award presentation took place virtually on 1st of July in conjunction with the 62nd birth anniversary of Princess Diana. Nehemiah was nominated for this award by his university lecturer and club advisor Dr Evelyn Yeap Ewe Lin. Nehemiah is a passionate learner who enjoys pushing boundaries and discovering new academic topics. Over the years, he has developed his leadership abilities and played crucial roles in initiatives that have established the industry standard.
According to UNITEN, Nehemiah was picked to receive the honour after he and his friends designed the ‘Zing! English Card Game,’ which uses a game-based learning strategy to keep children engaged in learning English. “With his friends Syaarveni, Ho Jia, Lee Mei Yan, and Chan Yew Joe, he co-founded ‘The EduLab,’ a social enterprise aimed at improving English proficiency among Malaysian students, particularly those in the B40 community.”
“The impact (of the card game) is palpable, with over 850 children from 15 government primary schools and tuition centres in the Klang Valley area benefiting from the initiative and experiencing gains in their English literacy,” according to the statement.
Meanwhile, Nehemiah expressed his gratitude to God for recognising him as a worthy recipient of the Diana Award. He expressed his gratitude on being selected as one of two Malaysians to receive the Diana Award in 2023. According to the third-year student, individuals who have involved in social action understand the significance of the acknowledgment since it takes a comprehensive approach to the person. “We frequently hear that we can work towards an award, but the Diana Award is different since it is an independent acknowledgement of one’s capacity to drive genuine change,” the young man said. Furthermore, his effort has also received recognition from prestigious institutions such as McKinsey & Co. and the US Department of State, and its effect is constantly growing.
Prof IR Dr Noor Azuan, vice-chancellor of UNITEN conveys his heartfelt congratulations to the students on their outstanding achievements. “I have high hopes for UNITEN students to rise to prominence and make their mark not only on the national but also on the international stage,” he said.
Nehemiah has emerged as the pride of our nation at such a young age. His achievement should be an inspiration for today’s young generation. Heartiest congratulations to Nehemiah Aaron Nathan and best wishes for his upcoming projects!
Source: The Malaysian Reserve