Faiza Farheen, the only student representing Bangladesh among 32 finalists has been selected as a finalist for the MYP (Middle Years Programme) Student Innovator Awards 2020.
Faiza, a 10th grade student from International School Dhaka, will receive a prestigious grant awarded by the Internationa Baccalaureate (IB) supporting young social entrepreneurs.
She has been passionate and dedicated to the issue of autistic children in Bangladesh.
This platform allows MYP students to build vital skills to become the socially conscious leaders, innovators and entrepreneurs the world needs today.
The finalists selected as MYP innovators represent 21 IB World Schools in 13 countries and are eligible to receive a grant fund of more than $145,000 combined.
Through the platform and grant, finalists will be encouraged to collaborate with student finalists and receive guidance from a career-level or industry expert.
For the last five years, as an MYP student, Faiza has continuously expanded the scale of her work by focusing on awareness creation, fundraising, advocating for the wellbeing, acceptance and support of autistic children and youth.
Faiza intends to use the IB grant to create an Employment agency named 'Project Independent' that will assist in placing autistic youth in suitable jobs.
"Faiza has been tirelessly devoted to initiating multiple service projects that support autistic children in Bangladesh. She is an embodiment of the IB learner profile – a caring, open-minded risk taker who strives to serve both her school and the wider community," said Nilanthi Panabokke Das, MYP Coordinator, International School Dhaka.
"All her teachers, family and friends are incredibly proud of Faiza as she is most deserving of this recognition," she added,
The student projects were selected after a competitive two-stage application and review process, supported by a global review panel composed of 48 IB educators and IB programme alumni.
The application was designed to give students the opportunity to exercise advocacy for their ideas, consider the social impact of their project, explore their connection to the initiative and delve into the financial needs of starting or growing a social change initiative.