Ziauddin Yousafzai, the rock behind the success of Nobel peace prize winner Malalah, will be the Keynote Speaker at Young Muslim Writers Awards in London
The teacher, women’s rights and education activist Ziauddin Yousafzai has been confirmed as a keynote speaker at the awards ceremony being held this Saturday, 5th December in central London.
He is best known as the father of Malala Yousafzai, a young woman who has become a leading activist for female education and the youngest-ever Nobel-Prize laureate.
“There is no more fitting way to celebrate these awards than by having Mr. Ziauddin Yousafzai present, a man who has fought his entire life for the education of children.” says Maqsood Ahmed, Director of Community Development, Muslim Hands. “His passion for education inspired his beloved daughter, Malala Yousafzai. She is an exceptionally brave young woman who after being shot by a Taliban gunman for campaigning for girls’ education has become a widely respected global inspiration and leading spokesperson for human rights, education and women’s rights.”
Muslim Hands is an international aid agency and NGO working in over 50 countries worldwide to help those affected by natural disasters, conflicts and poverty.
Mr. Ziauddin will deliver a speech and also receive a special recognition award on behalf of his daughter, Malala Yousafzai for ‘Championing Children’s Rights to Education’.
From all 40 talented shortlisted writers of poems and short stories between the ages of 5 and 16, the category winners have been selected by a diverse panel of judges and will be announced at the prestigious ceremony on 5th December 2015 in London.
The afternoon will also consist of an exciting line-up of entertainment for the audience including an act from the Corner Shop Show, a British comedy drama web series, a storytelling performance by Danae Eleni, a soprano, story-teller and educator and also spoken- word poetry by Azfa Awad, Oxford’s Youth Ambassador for poetry.
The Young Muslim Writers Awards was set up as a standalone competition for 5 – 16 year olds in 2010, following its success as part of Muslim Hands’ Muslim Writers Awards. Since then, it has encouraged and nurtured the writing talents of thousands of children through creative writing workshops and the annual competition.
For the third consecutive year, the ceremony is presented in association with the Yusuf Islam Foundation, an umbrella organisation which has over thirty years of experience operating in education, community development and philanthropy. The ceremony will be broadcast on Islam Channel, the official media partner of the competition since its inception.