37 youngsters honoured at The Scottish Parliament in inaugural Inspire Awards 2023

Wednesday 14th June 2023 09:20 EDT
Dr Rashmi Mantri, Elaine McLard, young philanthropist award winner Jevindu Senyuth Dissanayake and Anas Sarwar

Young people across Britain gathered at the Scottish Parliament (Tuesday 6 June) to attend the Inspire Awards which celebrate the talents of young people aged 5 to 17 who excel in whatever they love to do. There were nine categories and 37 prizes in total and most winners were of Asian-origin. 

The Inspire Awards 2023 is a new initiative from the British Youth International College (BYITC), which was founded in 2015 by Glasgow-based academic and educator Dr Rashmi Mantri to help young people learn and improve their abilities in maths.

Dr Rashmi Mantri said, “I am so proud of all these marvellous young people and the range of abilities in the room is truly humbling. We had so many high-quality entrants that the judges had a very tricky job picking the winners. 

“We wanted to create a special night to celebrate diversity and inclusion and recognise young people from all backgrounds who are making all of our futures’ brighter by learning and excelling in whatever they choose to do. 

“We’ve had everything from solar powered fans to content creators on YouTube and outstanding singers and dancers, not to mention the STEM stars. Well done to everyone who won as you have set the bar very high for next year’s awards.” said.

The awards were overseen by a high-profile judging panel including Professor Eleanor Shaw OBE, Associate Principal of the University of Strathclyde, and entrepreneur Dr Poonam Gupta OBE, Chief Executive of PG Paper, an international paper company based in Inverclyde, Scotland.

Leader of the Scottish Labour Party and Member of the Scottish Parliament, Anas Sarwar, said, “It is a great privilege to welcome all of these high-achieving young people to the Scottish Parliament on this special occasion.

 “The Inspire Awards are in themselves an inspirational concept that highlight the outstanding achievements of young people in their chosen specialities across the United Kingdom and I congratulate each and every one of them on their awards. 

 “I would like to congratulate especially the work of Dr Rashmi Mantri and BYITC in conceiving, organising, and bringing to a magnificent conclusion the Inspire Awards 2023. Dr Rashmi’s is a wonderful achievement for which she deserves high praise.”

Inspired by the success of the College, the BYITC Inspire Awards recognises young ‘Super Achievers’ from all backgrounds who have excelled in fields including the environment, sports, media, art and creativity, science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).

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