Twenty extraordinary young people have been named as finalists for this year’s Commonwealth Youth Awards, including inventors, campaigners and entrepreneurs from 18 countries.
Representing Pakistan, Ommer made it to the 20 announced finalists.
The founder of Daastan, a modern book publishing company and a go-to forum for global authors, is Syed Ommer Amer. The organization uses a model of social enterprise to promote writers through online training and workshops to monetize their time, material and abilities. 10,000 writers from 17 countries were funded by Daastan and helped publish over 300 titles.
The awards honours outstanding young people from the Commonwealth whose efforts change lives in their communities and help achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
The awards have been extended to five regional categories this year: Africa, Asia, the Caribbean, Europe and Canada, and the Pacific.
On 10 March 2021, at the official awards ceremony, the top finalist from each region will be declared as the regional winner. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the ceremony will take place for practically the first time.
Of these five regional winners, the Commonwealth Young Person of the Year 2021 will become an exceptional young person.