ECP student wins “Young Person of the Year” Award

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ECP student with British Ambassador

David Jehlička wins British Ambassador’s Award

Following the success last year of ECP student, Natálie Nováková, we are thrilled to be able to congratulate another of our students, David Jehlička, on winning this year’s prestigious award. He received his trophy, designed by the Czech architect, Eva Jiřičná, from the British Ambassor, H.E. Nick Archer. The citation described his voluntary work including the Smile project to support a children’s home in Počernice, where he is a role model for the residents who admire his excellent English and his willingness to help others. David also volunteers at a library for visually impaired people and with the “Downíci” organisation who support people with Down’s syndrome.

David’s most significant achievement in school this year was as the leader of the Václav Havel Scholarship team that organised the annual concert at Anežský klášter to raise money to enable a Roma student to study at the English College.

Awards Ceremony

The British Ambassador established the Ambassador’s Awards last year to recognise those who make a significant contribution to Czech-British cultural exchanges. He announced this year’s two winners “Young Person of the Year” (under 30 years) and “Person of the Year” (30 years and above) from the six finalists – three in each category – at a special ceremony at the British Embassy on 25 April.

Shared Czech-British values

Anyone can nominate candidates for these awards. The expert selection committee pays special attention to individuals working with young and disabled people and with minorities. They also welcome candidates who have contributed to positive Czech-British cultural exchanges or to their local communities. This year, the focus was also on activities that promote shared Czech-British values such as equality and the environment.

You can see David being interviewed on ČT’s Události komentáře here