Lanarkshire woman Sameeha goes to top of class at prestigious awards


A young Lanarkshire woman has been crowned as winner of the Enhancing Education award at the prestigious Sunday Mail Young Scot Awards 2022.

Last year, at just 21, Sameeha Rehmen started her own social enterprise, Ubuntu Scotland to help increase equality in the education sector.

The organization offers support in five key areas: creativity, workplace, finance, mental wellbeing, and social interaction, and Sameeha has successfully taken the work of Ubuntu Scotland into primary and secondary schools across Lanarkshire and Glasgow to help educate teachers and young people.

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The 22-year-old does this in the most disadvantaged areas and partners with community groups to create connections between them and the school community.

Sameeha, of Stepps, works for the organization alongside full-time employment, studying, volunteering and tutoring kinship kids.

Now in its 16th year, the annual awards highlight the triumphs of young people in 13 different categories – from sport and the environment to enterprise and volunteering. They shine a light on the invaluable contributions made by remarkable young people across Scotland.

The winners were announced at a star-studded red-carpet ceremony at the Edinburgh International Conference Centre. Radio 1 DJ Gemma Cairney hosted the evening.

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Radio 1 DJ Gemma Cairney hosted the glittering awards event

Commenting on her win in a category sponsored by Skills Development Scotland, Sameeha said: “It was brilliant to even be nominated, so to find out I’d won – especially in such a tough category where I was up against some truly inspirational young people – was amazing.

“Ubuntu Scotland has only been up and running for a year and we’re already seeing so many people wanting to get involved. Hopefully this award will help us to continue to grow and reach our ultimate aim of partnering with every school in Scotland.”

Kirsten Urquhart, chief executive of Young Scot, said: “We’ve been completely inspired by the stories of our nominees, finalists and winners, who are all doing extraordinary things to improve the lives of others.

“We’ve kept the spirit of the Sunday Mail Young Scot Awards alive for the past two years by hosting fantastic virtual events, but it’s brilliant to have the awards back in all of their glory this year to celebrate Scotland’s young people, who do so much to inspire, support and motivate those around them.”

Award host, Gemma Cairney, said: “It was an absolute honor to host this year’s Sunday Mail Young Scot Awards. I was inspired by listening to the winners’ stories and their commitment to helping others in their community is truly remarkable. Congratulations to our winners and finalists.”

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George Holan

George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.

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