Outstanding young hero in New Delhi receives award in memory of Princess Diana
Young changemaker from New Delhi is honored with The Diana Award for going above and beyond in her daily life to create and sustain positive change.
Mahira Jain, aged 17, from New Delhi has been recognized with the highest accolade, a young person can achieve for social action or humanitarian efforts – The Diana Award.
Established in memory of Diana, Princess of Wales, the Award is given out by the charity of the same name and has the support of both her sons, The Duke of Cambridge and The Duke of Sussex.
Mahira founded ‘FunWagon’ which is an academic enrichment enterprise that caters to children between the ages of 6 to 16. Their mission is to conduct fun, interactive excursions promoting experiential learning and to promote the importance of non-STEM subjects through tours both in-person and virtually. FunWagon, has organised various excursions for students from across India and globally, including tours to the National Museum, Lodhi art district, India Gate, and Gandhi Smriti. They have partnered with various NGOs and schools and have worked with over 1500+ students. They make their excursions interactive by organising fun activities including quizzes based on the monuments, bingo, taboo and other games. Additionally, they have created a 30-page original curriculum based on the heritage of India including fact sheets, relevant activities, and quizzes for public use and distribution. The FunWagon curriculum has now been adopted by over 11 NGOs across India, some of them include AAROHAN, My Perch, Udayan Care and Lotus Petal Foundation. During the national lockdown imposed due to the coronavirus pandemic in the summer of 2020, FunWagon moved its activities online and conducted Zoom webinars where they took participants on virtual tours of the Lodhi Art District, the Mahabalipuram Temples, and the Amer Fort. Further, Mahira also created a Virtual Walkthroughs series on her YouTube channel by means of which she exposed her audiences to the history, culture, and architecture of the city of Delhi. This series included tours of the Lodhi Art District, the Lodhi Gardens, Humayun’s Tomb, Jama Masjid, and Chandni Chowk. Mahira has also won various awards for her community service including the 2021 Pramerica Awards, and the Social Innovation Challenge by IIT (BHU) Varanasi. FunWagon has also been widely featured in the media including eShe’s ‘REINVENTION’ magazine, The Statesman e-newspaper, the official YEA India newsletter, the TimesNext Super 30, TimesWomen, the FilmyLoop website.
Mahira most recently founded Cultur ALL which is an initiative that aims to increase access to cultural education for children from all backgrounds. Her goal is to create a widespread network of cultural educators and a portal to showcase the full range of cultural education options in Delhi NCR. She wants to increase exposure, education, and opportunity to students from diverse backgrounds and hope to do so through a series of panels, enriching activities, and educational resources. On 21st December 2019, Cultur ALL organised its first Cultural Conference at PHD hall, New Delhi. The conference had 5 panel members (including theatre practitioners, motivational speakers, dancers and the Director of CHETNA, an NGO) and an audience of over 80 people including educators, NGO teachers and school teachers. Mahira copered and moderated the panel.