A TEENAGER’S online classes during the pandemic have earned her royal recognition.
Lella Halloum has been honoured with The Diana Award for her work to motivate young people during the pandemic by holding online technology classes for students worldwide.
The Year 12 Harrogate Grammar School pupil is one of 300 young people globally to be recognised by the Award, which was established in memory of Princess Diana to applaud young people’s positive contribution to society.
Lella, 16, said: “It’s such a prestigious award and I’m so excited to think that the organisers have read my story and support how I’ve found positivity in such an unjust world at an unjust time. I’m passionate about youth inclusion and equality of access and I hope that I’m complementing Diana’s legacy in trying to open up the world of tech to all young people, to help them reach their full potential.”
After starting coding at the age of eight, Lella went to her first hackathon (a 24-hour competition where people code and pitch solutions) aged 11, making her first connections in what is now a global network within the tech industry.
She regularly addresses huge industry conferences with her views on addressing the gap between the tech industry and students in the classroom, and last month she spoke at an international conference organised by the United Nations about child online protection.
Prince Harry sent a message to the Award winners at a virtual ceremony,…