She may not have won the Miss Guyana World Pageant when she competed in the beauty contest two years ago, but Guyanese teacher, Marva Langevine will be receiving a special honour from the Queen of England in recognition of her work to transform communities.
In a statement, The Queen’s Young Leaders Programme announced today that the Queen will present Marva Langevine from Guyana with a Queen’s Young Leaders Award at a special ceremony at Buckingham Palace, London, on Tuesday 26th June.
The West Coast Demerara resident will receive a Queen’s Young Leaders Award for the work she is doing to transform the lives of bereaved, sick and underprivileged children and families in Guyana.
According to the release, “Marva was selected following a competitive process involving thousands of applicants across the Commonwealth. Together they join a network of 240 powerful young leaders, from 53 Commonwealth countries, who are driving change to make the world a better place.”
The 2018 Queen’s Young Leaders are finding solutions to global issues such as climate change, food scarcity, gender-based violence, mental health, and access to education.
In an interview, the 25-year-old Marva Langevine, said “I am beyond excited to set off to London for the Queen’s Young Leaders Programme! I extend my gratitude to Her Majesty The Queen and the amazing organising team for the invaluable support and networking opportunity through this prestigious programme. The experience has been revolutionary thus far and I am deeply moved by the increased support for bereaved children in Guyana. I am eager to meet my fellow Queen’s Young Leaders to grow and develop as a strong network committed to making a difference.”
The Queen’s Young Leaders Award winners take part in a year-long leadership course run by the University of Cambridge and receive bespoke mentoring. They will visit the UK for a programme of high-profile networking opportunities, meetings and training designed to help them develop as leaders and work with ever greater impact.
Later this month, during their time in the UK, Marva will visit 10 Downing Street, take part in masterclasses at the BBC World Service and the UK Headquarters of Facebook.
Award winners will then meet with the Commonwealth Secretary-General and High Commissioners from across the Commonwealth, before receiving their Award from Her Majesty The Queen at Buckingham Palace. They will also attend workshops at the University of Cambridge and visit projects that are changing the lives of vulnerable people in the UK.