13-year-old Dubai student wins prestigious UK award
Dubai - Diana Award celebrates its 20th anniversary and is the highest accolade a young person can achieve for social action or humanitarian efforts.
A Dubai- based Indian student is the newest recipient of the prestigious Diana Princess of Wales Memorial Award.
A GEMS Education student, Aaditya Gandhi, received the award at the UK Award Ceremony held at Wales for his humanitarian initiatives and environmental campaigns. The Diana Award celebrates its 20th anniversary and is the highest accolade a young person can achieve for social action or humanitarian efforts.
Speaking to Khaleej Times after receiving the award, Aaditya said: "This is a very proud moment. I feel privileged to have such a good family and such a great country with amazing rulers. The foundation set by the rulers of the UAE has really inspired me."
An avid reader, Aaditya is widely recognised for establishing the Go-Getters Library, containing over 1,000 books. He set up the organisation to encourage reading and involve his local community through humanitarian initiatives. Aditya also volunteers and raises fund to support underprivileged children in their education.
His mother Puja Gandhi said: "Aditya writes on social issues in various school publications. He has campaigned for breast cancer awareness in the UAE, Russia, Czech Republic and India."
He is also an active member of the Emirates Environmental Group and the environment coordinator of his school for the past two years. He also conducts recycling campaigns, clean-up drives and tree-planting initiatives.
Aaditya has also received the Hamdan Award twice and is also a recipient of the Sharjah Award for Educational Excellence. He has been awarded Philanthropist of the Year by his school two times and he has also won the Global innovation Challenge by GEMS Education and Singularity University.
Aaditya is associated with many organisations including Dubai Cares, Special Needs Foundation, Protect Your Mom International, Emirates Red Crescent, Beit Al Khair as well as Child Rights and You.