World Summit Youth Award 2016

Rohayl Varind

Rohayl Varind, an alumnus of The City School, has won World Summit Youth Award in Sao Paulo, Brazil for his project ‘Voice of R.’ A total of 138 countries participated in it and Varind’s project was among the top 18 chosen for the award from 1,898 submissions. The projects were reviewed and chosen by a panel of 40 jurors.

Varind won in the category ‘pursue truth’  for his project Voice of R (VOR), which is an online forum dedicated to the Pakistani youth in a bid to motivate them to be proactive and work for positive social change. The main aim of the online forum is to engage people in discussions that promote freedom of expression and human rights, irrespective of religion and background. Activities of VOR also include promoting local talent and organising social events. He began his campaigning with #IamPakistan and #ReclaimPakistan and is currently the Managing Director of two international magazines: Times of Youth and Voice of R. He has also organised several fund-raisers and social campaigns to make a positive change and for a better Pakistan.

The World Summit Youth award (WSYA) is a worldwide competition that recognises young people from around the world and brings together developers and digital entrepreneurs under the age of 30, who use the internet for positive change and development according to the UN Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).

Varind’s efforts have also been recognised by the Federal Minister of Pakistan, Ahsan Iqbal and he has been offered the services of the planning commission for his project.