By Uzma Zahid

There are few experiences that I recognize as life changing; being an Anne Frank Ambassador (I struggle to include ‘former’ as I am fairly attached to this title) is one.

Ambassadors past and present: Usma with a group of our Anne Frank Ambassadors at the Anne Frank Trust Annual Lunch 2018.

Ambassadors past and present: Usma with a group of our Anne Frank Ambassadors at the Anne Frank Trust Annual Lunch 2018.

I believe it can be easy to learn numbers and facts concerning historical events, but hard to understand what someone living through those times might be feeling. Exploring a young girls journey through one of the biggest atrocities of the world, can’t help but make you a kinder person, a forgiving person and an accepting person. The only way to bring about global change is through educating the mind and the heart.

I have always been confident, but the Anne Frank Trust helped develop my confidence and provided me with various channels to speak about sensitive issues, and start important dialogue with my peers. The work of the Trust is not just speaking out but also at times listening, whether that is to our peers, to voices from all around the world who are suffering, or testimonies of those who have suffered and survived.

My experience with the Trust and role as an Ambassador has definitely transcended beyond high school. I proudly speak with my friends about the work I have had the honor to partake in, the inspirational people I have had a chance to meet, and the familial relationships I have formed with members of the Trust. There are many more things I can say about working with the Anne Frank Trust, but the main thing I have learnt from them and what Anne Frank herself beautifully articulated is this: “How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world”.

About the guest editor

Uzma Zahid, MSc, is a researcher at King’s College, London. She was among the first cohort of Anne Frank Ambassadors and completed her training in Bradford in 2012.