Kabataan Partylist Rep. Sarah Elago is included in five of the world’s most outstanding politicians who received One Young World Politician of the Year award for “the world's most impactful politicians using their positions to create change for young people in their communities and countries."
#OYW Politician of the Year 2020:@sarahelago is the first female representative of the youth party KABATAAN, in Philippines's House of Representatives. Sarah pushed for passage of a landmark law for education, health, gender equality.— One Young World (@OneYoungWorld) July 15, 2020
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One Young World is a global forum for young leaders that "identifies, promotes, and connects the world’s most impactful young leaders to create a better world, with more responsible, more effective leadership."
Rep. Elago thanked the organization through her Twitter account.
Truly humbled to be recognized as @oneyoungworld Politician of the Year 2020! We are obliged to persevere in bringing in politics of hope, action and change because our future is at stake. Mabuhay, #OYWPOTY2020! To fellow young public servants around the globe, serve the people? pic.twitter.com/VanApoP08w— Sarah Elago (@sarahelago) July 15, 2020ADVERTISEMENT - CONTINUE READING BELOW
Rep. Elago is known as the principal author of House Bill 4800 or the Comprehensive Free Public Higher Education Act that gives free education for college students. The bill states that "the state shall give priority to education, science and technology, art, culture, and sports to foster patriotism and nationalism, accelerate social progress, and promote total human liberation and development."
Aside from free education, the bill also seeks to give out-of-school youths and school drop-outs an opportunity to continue their studies. The bill also creates a special grant that will offer support for financially-disadvantaged students. The Special Grant covers allowance for miscellaneous expenses, books, transportation, etc. Special services, personal assistance, transportation, etc. for students with disabilities are also included in the bill.
Other awardees that are included are Zarifa Ghafari from Afghanistan, Michael Tubbs from the USA, Erik Marquardt from Germany, and Joanah Mamombe from Zimbabwe.
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