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12-year-old Kenyan boy receives The Diana Award for his social, humanitarian efforts

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A 12-year-old Kenyan boy has been recognised with the highest accolade a
young person can achieve, for his social action and humanitarian
efforts.

Fardeen Amani was on July 1 honored with The Diana Award “for going
above and beyond in his daily life to create and sustain positive
change”.

In his speech to the virtual awarding ceremony, Fardeen lauded Kenyan
government’s “bold public declaration to protect all rights of children”
by been the first African country to ratify the Convention on the Rights
of Child (CRC) in 2015.

“Children now benefit from universal free primary education, free health
services for under fives, and improved access to national child
protection services, among other gains,” said Fardeen, who is also the
young CEO of Fardeen Productions.

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While acknowledging the important role of education for countries to
achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and eradicating
poverty, Fardeen called upon government’s to employ a collaborative and
multi-stakeholder approach for child safety especially during this
COVID-19 times and beyond.

“Countries need to overhaul their approach to child and adolescent
education and health, to ensure that we not only look after children
like me today but protect the world they will inherit in the future,”
added Fardeen.

On her part, The Diana Award CEO Tessy Ojo congratulated all the 2020
recipients of the award terming them as changemakers for their
generation. The CEO said that by receiving the honour they will inspire
more young people to get involved in their communities.

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What makes Fardeen Amani tick?

Fardeen Amani was inspired by the poverty and low school attendance in
his area to set up the ‘education through sports initiative’ dubbed
Fardeen FC Trailblazers. Fardeen’s team of 100 children are aged between
9 and 16 years, and play under the FIFA grassroot models.

The initiative fundraises for school fees for needy students, organises
environmental clean up exercises in the locale as well as raising
awareness of education bursaries.

To kickstart the initiative, Fardeen Amani used his own resources and
networks, to solicit approximately Sh213,000 to pay for equipment,
travelling and kits. His parents came in handy to help him in managing
the team.

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Since its inception, Fardeen’s team has enabled its beneficiaries attend
school consistently, acquiring the vital education that they need.

Fardeen Amani is also a Young Global Citizen Visionary (Global Citizen Profile Attached). In this capacity he pushes to achieve the Global Goal #4, Quality education, as a social justice enthusiast.

The Diana Award was established in 1999 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.

Fardeen Amani’s social media accounts

Twitter – https://twitter.com/FardeenBlaq

Facebook, – https://www.facebook.com/FardeenBlaqYGCV

LinkedIn. – https://www.linkedin.com/in/fardeen-blaq/

Also the Facebook page of Fardeen FC Trailblazers. – https://www.facebook.com/FardeenFCTrailblazers