Award for Leadership in Languages and Cultures
Australia Day Council of South Australia
Award for Leadership in Languages and Cultures
We are extremely proud of two of our students, who have been awarded the Australia Day Council of South Australia Award for Leadership in Languages and Cultures, which was presented at the Australia Day Awards Ceremony on Monday 20 January. They received this award due to their outstanding qualities, including community leadership and effective communication skills, their commitment to advocacy for a multicultural Australia, their capability in more than one language, and their ability to operate across languages and cultures. Congratulations to Zahra Bayani and Fatima Shah!

Zahra is passionate about motivating and empowering youth, who she hopes to inspire to follow their dreams and reach their full potential by sharing her own life experiences. Zahra is proficient in Dari, Hazaragi, Persian and English. She volunteers with organisations such as Australian Migrant Resource Centre, the Australian Red Cross and St John Ambulance. She is a team leader for Rotary International leadership and empowerment programs RYLA (Rotary Youth Leadership Award) and RYPEN (Rotary Youth Program of Enrichment). Zahra is also an ambassador for the Migration Museum and is President of the Rotaract Club for Global Peace. Zahra focuses on celebrating cultural differences, educating the wider community, and assisting those with limited English literacy. She is grateful for the opportunities she has had and hopes to inspire other disadvantaged youth to integrate into Australian society.

Fatima strives to create harmony and peace through youth and community engagement. As an Afghan Hazara refugee, Fatima continuously works to improve her English and use these skills, along with her ability to fluently speak Dari, Hazargi, Farsi and Urdu, to help others.

In addition to working with organisations like the Survivors of Torture and Trauma Assistance and Rehabilitation Service to help other refugees manage family conflict and racism, Fatima co-founded a women's wellbeing group where women from various cultures come together for activities such as yoga, dance, group discussions, and games.

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  • AuthorToni Andrew
  • Date24-Jan-20
  • CategoriesTerm1