Filipe Naikaso | Fiji Village
A student of the University of the South Pacific is among 60 young people from across the Commonwealth chosen to receive the Queen’s Young Leaders Award for her exceptional work in the community.
Luisa Tuilau, who is studying under the Bachelor of Arts programme and majoring in Psychology and Law, says she hopes to use her skills and knowledge to make an integral impact on our Pacific Island nations.
The Queen’s Young Leader Award recognises and celebrates exceptional people aged 18‑29 from across the Commonwealth, who are taking the lead in their communities and using their skills to transform lives.
Luisa Tuilau will receive the Queen’s Young Leaders Award in June this in London.
Winners of this prestigious Award will receive a unique package of training, mentoring and networking, including a one‑week residential programme in the UK during which they will collect their Award from the Queen.
Tuilau explained that the award recognised the work of Youngsolwarans, a group of young youths in the Pacific that advocates against extractive industries like seabed mining, climate change and social justice issues including the freedom of the people of West Papua.
The 23-year-old from Namara in Tailevu says she applied because she saw that the Queen’s Young Leaders programme provided a platform to increase awareness of the issues that Pacific island nations have been advocating for years such as West Papua’s struggle for self‑determination.
Other recipients from the Pacific include Australia, New Zealand, Kiribati, Nauru, PNG, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu and Vanuatu.