Nahimul Islam has beaten 18 other candidates to be elected as the new youth mayor of Tower Hamlets.
Nahimul, 15, from Raine’s Foundation School in Bethnal Green, polled 2,004 votes in the election by the borough’s school children.
He will be aided by two deputies, Tasmina Khanum and Nadeem Miah. In a break from the usual one-year term, the team will be in office for two years.
Speaking after his victory, Nahimul said: “At the moment, it’s like a dream come true. I’m really excited about the next two years and I’m going to make the best of it.”
Reducing the number of young people not in education, employment or training (NEETs) and narrowing the gap in achievement between better and worse performing schools will be Nahimul’s key priorities during his time as young mayor.
Tower Hamlets mayor Lutfur Rahman, spoke at the inauguration ceremony, stressing how important it is for young people to engage in a democratic process and take on responsibilities.
Offering advice to the newly elected team and the youth of Tower Hamlets, Mayor Rahman said: “Education is a top priority. I have benefited myself and many of us have.
“Also, you must respect your parents and teachers. Work with them. Let them support you. You’ll realise how important they are to you when you become our age.”
The Tower Hamlets’ young mayor scheme started in January 2005. Over the past five years, significant improvements have been made with young people becoming increasingly involved.
This year, 8,710 school children in the borough voted in the elections, representing a turnout of 52 per cent, an improvement of two per cent from last year.
To read about Landry Adelard, the outgoing young mayor, click here.