Junior School Student Jaskiran Rahi has been recognised as a future leader for her passion for empowering girls.
Jaskiran was selected as the Queen Margaret College Sir Peter Blake Young Leader Award winner in July by the Sir Peter Blake Trust and Westpac.
A Young Leader Award winner between Year 5 and 8 is chosen from schools around New Zealand annually during Leadership Week, an event started to celebrate young leaders.
Jaskiran was chosen for starting a Robotics Club at QMC to encourage other girls to give coding a go after attending a club where she was the only girl.
“A couple of years ago I set up a Junior School Robotics Club at school. Students used Meccano and did scratch coding. I was pretty impressed with what they came up with. I ran it until this year and a couple of teachers have now taken over,” she says.
Jaskiran was also selected by Westpac to attend the Women of Influence forum in Auckland in September after making a submission to the Dream Bank run by Westpac and the Sir Peter Blake Trust.
Jaskiran’s dream is to empower girls to be able to do anything.
“I would like to set up a company called ‘Spirit & Soul’,” she says.
“I would like to run events like ‘Girls’ Day Out’ which will be an event for young girls to experience different subjects such as engineering, which are thought to be only for boys.”
Jaskiran was invited to speak at the forum in front of several of New Zealand’s most notable women, including former New Zealand Prime Minister Helen Clark and Human Rights Commissioner Dame Susan Devoy.
“Being in the same room as these inspirational women was so exciting. I got to meet Helen Clark and get my photo with her. That was awesome,” she says.