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Charles Lipenga Awarded the 2017 Commonwealth Youth Award

Charles established the Maestros Leadership Team, a youth-led organisation that has trained more than 10,000 young people who joined a ‘Let’s Do This’ campaign with volunteers across Malawi and 22 other countries. He led an initiative called Project Inspired that raised funds for 1,000 student scholarships and adopted a government secondary school in Blantyre, Malawi. [Click here to watch the Video of Maestros Projects]



Maestros introducing a 100% scholarship program for all enrolled students at Njamba Secondary School, Malawi. 

He initiated the Care4Girls campaign with Glory Muva to mentor young girls to stay in school through empowerment programmes and free sports equipment. Maestros teams are now established in nine universities within Malawi alone with over 20,000 students participating.

 

Right Hon. Patricia Scotland, The Commonwealth Secretary-General congratulates Charles Lipenga

Charles said: “For the successful implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), I believe it is key that as young people, we should no longer remain passive beneficiaries but become equal and effective partners for development. That is why I strongly believe, through equal opportunities to quality education we can create a great awareness and mobilise a global movement where more young people will discover their purposes and take their roles in development.”


Picture of some of the Maestros 

The Commonwealth Youth Awards for Excellence in Development Work, an initiative of the Commonwealth Secretariat’s youth programme, celebrate outstanding young adults aged under 30 who are leading initiatives ranging from poverty alleviation to peace-building. This year’s winners, are recognised for spearheading projects that will contribute to the Sustainable Development Goals – a set of 17 global targets that governments have committed to achieve by 2030.


Charles Miracle Lipenga | Founder & CEO of Maestros Leadership Team poses with the Award

At the awards ceremony on 15 March at Marlborough House, the Commonwealth’s headquarters in London, regional awards were presented to four young people chosen from a shortlist of 17 finalists:

  • Charles Lipenga from Malawi – Commonwealth Africa & Europe Young Person of the Year
  • Krystle Reid from Sri Lanka – Commonwealth Asia Young Person of the Year
  • Jacqueline Joseph from Papua New Guinea – Commonwealth Pacific Young Person of the Year
  • Tricia Teekah from Guyana - Commonwealth Caribbean Young Person of the Year

The awards were presented by Commonwealth Secretary-General Patricia Scotland, who praised all this year’s finalists for their efforts to deliver the Sustainable Development Goals.

 


Charles takes a picture with the other Regional Winners

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For more visit The Commonwealth Press Release

 

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