AHMAD NAWAZ, BCAhon
Following the much-publicised Peshawar school attack by the Taliban, one boy’s path in life changed forever. After spending time in hospital – after playing dead in the terror attack – Ahmad Nawaz was flown to Birmingham and spent two months in hospital in a fight to save his arm. Nawaz fully recovered, but lost his younger brother, with 132 fellow students and 9 members of mainly female staff, in the school attack on 16th December 2014.
Despite the trauma of this attack, Ahmad was determined to make a difference so led a powerful educational campaign against violent extremism, radicalisation and terrorism. Throughout the West Midlands, Ahmad aged just 17 speaks out about the dangers of radicalisation and hopes his presentations prevent vulnerable young people from falling prey to extremism.
With his profound depth of experience, he is able to capture the attention of the young and old, demonstrating the sheer futility of contemporary terrorist groups. Ahmad has engaged with 1,000’s of young people in UK schools. He is also spearheading in the West Midlands the governments ACT, an anti-terrorism campaign launched in March 2018 in which he visits schools sharing his experiences and promoting understanding, respect, love and belonging.
Nominated by: Monawar Hussain