Introducing Queen’s Young Leaders Sela, Ayman and Zaiba

Mar 05, 2018
Hannah Donovan

Each week we are introducing you to the 2018 Queen’s Young Leaders, sharing their stories and celebrating the incredible work that they are doing in their communities. Take a look at last weeks post featuring Elizabeth and Stephen from Uganda, and Gift from Zambia.

This week we are getting to know Sela Kasepa from Zambia, and Ayman Sadiq and Zaiba Tahyya both from Bangladesh.

Sela from Zambia

Sela Kasepa - ZambiaSela from Kitwe explores how science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) can help solve some of the challenges faced by her country.

Applying knowledge gained from her own engineering studies, she is the founder and teacher on Zambia’s first robotics development team. Sela has been instrumental in enabling the team’s participation in the 2017 FIRST Global Challenge in the USA, an international robotics competition which aims to inspire young people across the world to engage with STEM. Sela is now working with the Zambian Institute for Sustainable Development to popularise and broaden research into robotics, and to train the next team that will participate in the FIRST Global Challenge. She also hopes to organise local robotics competitions to show young people how to apply innovation to problem-solving.

“It will be both a humbling and enlightening experience for me to join an amazing group of young people doing great things in their communities. I look forward to learning, sharing, and expanding my horizons.”


Ayman from Bangladesh

Ayman Sadiq - BangladeshAyman is improving access to education for young people throughout Bangladesh. He is the founder of 10 Minute School, a free online educational platform providing interactive videos, live classes, quizzes and smart books to students.

The school is run by Ayman and a team of 52 others, most of whom are students themselves. With over 40 million active users across all its channels, 10 Minute School is the largest free-learning platform of its kind in Bangladesh. It allows people to study a range of academic subjects and also teaches presentation and interview skills. In partnership with the country’s ICT Division and the telecom operator Robi, 18,000 schools are now using 10 Minute School’s resources to teach their students.

“It is an immense honour and a privilege, to say the least, to be a part of this incredible movement which brings together some of the most brilliant young people of the world.”

Learn more about 10 Minute School

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Zaiba from Bangladesh

Ayman Sadiq - Bangladesh (2)Zaiba works to promote equality in society and reduce violence against women in Bangladesh.

With a degree in criminology, her experience as a researcher in the police force gave her unique insights into the problems of mobility and vulnerability among women in low-income areas of the country. Since being selected as a Global Shaper 2017-2018 by the World Economic Forum, Zaiba has been able to deliver a number of projects in Dhaka including one on anti-harassment, which uses paintings on the sides of buses to raise awareness of the issue. She has also collaborated with a local legal firm to create a self-defence project for women, and partnered with a youth-based organisation to teach women how to ride bicycles, to increase their independence. Every five weeks, 40 girls receive self-defence and cycling training.

“Not only is the Award a personal achievement, but I feel that I am able to make the women in my community proud and encourage them to raise their voices more.”

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