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Imran Sanaullah the inaugural winner of the Naz Bokhari Award presented the Ernest Bevin College Naz Bokhari Award 2014 to Tre Johnson.
Imran gave an inspirational speech to the sixth formers, before announcing the winner, he talked how the Naz Bokhari Award had changed his life and said anything is possible if you work hard enough. He then presented Tre with a crystal award and cheque for £500 to support him in his first year at university.
A surprised Tre Johnson said:
“I am honour to received this year’s award, there were many worthy nominations this year and I am over the moon to win. I am looking forward to starting my degree and like to thank my teachers and family for all their support”
HRH Princess Badiya bint El Hasan said:
“I can see why they chose you for their Award this year. Your talent and hard work are commendable and should stand you in good stead as you go on to make the most of future opportunities”
Imran Sanaullah said:
“A part of the Naz Legacy Foundation is open up new doors for the winner of the Naz Bokhari Award and other young people, it is important that you take up every opportunity presented to you. It is important you never count yourself out, you can only limit yourself and don’t let anyone limit you”
The Ernest Bevin College Naz Bokhari Award is an annual award for students who achieve university acceptance despite adversity, who had to strive harder than others due to personal or social issues. This award recognises resilience and perseverance, qualities that Naz had and promoted. Nominated by their peers and teachers at the College, the winner is chosen by the Principals each year.
Boris Johnson, Mayor of London said:
“I would like to congratulate you on winning the Ernest Bevin College Naz Bokhari Award 2014. I understand you were chosen for this award as your hard work and dedication throughout the sixth form impressed your peers, teachers and your principals, Mike Chivers and Rukhsana Sheikh, and you were selected from a strong shortlist to receive this prize. The award is named after Naz Bokhari OBE, the first Muslim and Asian headteacher in the UK. I had the honourof supporting the launch of the foundation’s Diversity Programme earlier this year which has helped young people from across London visit our great cultural institutions for the first time and I was delighted that the foundation was awarded a Big Society Award 2014 for their work by the Prime Minister. I wish you every success at University.”
Naz Bokhari’s daughter, Hina Bokhari said:
“The Naz Legacy Foundation is looking forward to working with Tre. We hope that he, like the previous winners, will feel like we can change his life for the better. The foundation aims to continue our father’s work by inspiring others to be the best they can be by mentoring and providing opportunities that will help our winners succeed in life.”
Jonathan Freeman, National Director of HRH Prince of Wales’ Mosaic initiative:
“You have achieved significant success in your academic studies, securing a fantastic three A* grades in your A2 examinations. To have worked so hard to achieve these awards, securing yourself a place at Exeter University to read Economics, is remarkable. The Naz Bokhari Award is a prestigious one and it is clear that you are most worthy winner. I am sure that we will hear of Tre Johnson for many years to come! Well done!”