Two students from the same Brisbane Catholic school were named finalists in the Queensland Day state honours last month. Source: The Catholic Leader.
By Emilie Ng, The Catholic Leader.
Binta Lamin was born in a war zone and began life as a refugee. The Year 12 student from Lourdes Hill College was born in Guinea after her mother, a Sierra Leone native, fled from the devastating 11-year-long civil war. An estimated 70,000 people died in the war and 2.6 million people displaced, including Binta's family.
Binta and her family were chosen to resettle in Australia as part of a United Nations refugee resettlement program when Binta was three-years-old.
Today, Binta is a rising netball player and coach who was nominated for Netball Queensland’s Young Ambassador of the Year Award, and is also an ambassador for Best Foot Forward, a project initiated by Edmund Rice Foundation Australia that funds the education of underprivileged girls.
Her achievements caught the eye of her local member of parliament, Bulimba MP Di Farmer, and on June 9 she was named a finalist for the Bulimba Electorate Under 18s Queensland Day Award.
Fellow Lourdes Hill College Year 10 student Annaliese Young was also named a finalist in for her role as middle school leader.
Annaliese said she her leadership style was influenced by the Catholic social teaching themes of digital of the human person and the common good. She said Catholic schools could support aspiring young leaders by giving them opportunities to participate in service, assist in their academic achievements and offer doorways to the global community.
Refugee who escaped West-African war zone among Queensland Day award winners (The Catholic Leader)