A 25-year-old Solihull Sikh has been awarded a place on the Tony Blair Faith Foundation youth leadership programme.
Graduate Imandeep Kaur has been selected for the Faiths Act Fellowship, alongside 29 others from the UK, US, Canada and India.
Participants aim to build understanding between religions by working together to eradicate deaths from malaria.
Imandeep is finishing her MSc in International Development at the University of Birmingham and from July, as part of the fellowship, she will be paired with Steve Hirst, a 25-year-old Christian, and they will work together at the Springfield Centre in Birmingham with The Feast charity for 12 months.
Imandeep said: “Being a Sikh, where Guru Gobind Singh Jee describes ‘All human beings as the reflection of one and the same Creator; Recognise ye the whole human race as one,’ it was clear to me that interfaith cooperation was integral to achieving anything in this age.
“I was impressed with the amazing work the Tony Blair Faith Foundation was doing, not only in advancing the millennium development goals but in promoting how faith is a force for good in the modern era.”
The Tony Blair Faith Foundation launched in May 2008 and aims to promote respect and understanding between the major religions.
Mr Blair said: “Too often we hear about the negative aspects of faith but the number of applications we received shows the enthusiasm which exists among young people to use their faith as a force for good.
“Faith can build understanding and provide unity and strength to counter those who see faith as a source of division and discrimination.”