Ala is a Young Evaluator working on the Our Shared Cultural Heritage project in Manchester.
The Our Shared Cultural Heritage project focuses on exploring the shared cultures and histories of the UK and South Asia (mainly the areas that India, Pakistan and Bangladesh cover). The project works with young people aged 11-25 to experiment and create new ways for museums and youth organisations to work together and become better places for young people to explore identity, connect with others and to create new opportunities for young people.
Our Shared Cultural Heritage is a project led by British Council, funded by National Lottery Heritage Fund as one of the Kick The Dust programmes, delivered with partners Glasgow Life, Manchester Museum and UK Youth, with The Audience Agency as the evaluation partner. Ala is working alongside with The Audience Agency to monitor and evaluate activities, based on the OSCH Activity Plan, the OSCH Evaluation Framework and the Evaluation Toolkit, all of which she helped develop.
Ala home educated herself to earn her GCSE’s and A-Levels and is now looking forward to starting university in September after receiving several offers. She intends to study International Business, Finance and Economics at the University of Manchester.
Ala serves as a Board Member at Manchester Museum, helping to develop their South Asia Galleries. Ala enjoys visiting the Ancient Persia Gallery at the British Museum, with her family hosts Persian culture evenings in Manchester, practices Taekwondo, is fluent in Farsi, and is excited to travel the world one day.
Ala recently spoke at a national conference hosted at the British Museum on behalf of Manchester Museum.