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Student wins Bano Prize for Climate Picture

Student Shafat Subhan was awarded The Bano Prize for Educational Achievement, for her picture on climate solidarity.

She received a Leno computer Tablet as the prize to help her with her studies and improve her digital skills. The students studied Climate Change in their lessons and were inspired to create poems and pictures. 

The Bano Prize was established in the memory of award-winning Artist and human rights campaigner Salma Zulfiqar’s mother, Bano, and intended to inspire our students to achieve their dreams.

Salma is featured and celebrated as one of Birmingham’s most successful and influential female Artists in the book ’Once Upon A Time in Birmingham – Women Who Dared to Dream’. In 2023, she was also presented with The prestigious British Citizen Award , dubbed ‘ The People’s Honour’ for Services to the Arts.

Ms Zulfiqar has worked with our students on various projects, including her most recent, ARTconnects & The Migration Blanket – Climate Solidarity animated short film, which acts as a show of solidarity between girls and women in Birmingham and the Commonwealth nations, calling for a greener planet and an end to violence against women. Twenty five of our adult female students participated in workshops, coming online with 150 young women in 17 countries to create artwork for the film which is a Legacy project of The Commonwealth Games 2022.

This year’s winner Shafat Subhan was presented with a certificate and the prize of the Tablet device. Runner up Alaa Ara Gli received an ARTconnects certificate in recognition of her poem.

This story was written by Marianne Westley, Head of School: 2.6 Foundation (Golden Hillock).

Well done, Shafat! You’ve made South & City College Birmingham proud!