Alfie in the frame for top UN honour

Alfie Blincowe collects his United Nations award.
Alfie Blincowe collects his United Nations award.

A Whitley Bay student has won a top award for showcasing the education initiatives of the United Nations.

Alfie Blincowe, who is studying screenwriting and creative writing at the University of Central Lancashire, won best prize for the video he made.

The 20-year-old was invited to the UNESCO World conference on education for sustainable development in Nagoya, Japan, where he picked up his trophy.

Alfie said: “It’s hard to believe, it hasn’t really sunk in. I wouldn’t have been able to do it without the good media grounding I received at Whitley Bay High School and the help I’ve had from students and lecturers at UCLan.”

The United Nations wanted a video that promoted their education initiatives over the last ten years.

Alfie’s video showed how they dealt with environmental issues in Fiji.

Alfie wrote, directed, and edited the film. He then put his own voiceover on it and asked Chinese and French students, Lynn Lu and Amelie Poilliot, to translate the subtitles.

UCLan Screenwriting course leader Bill McCoid said: “This will look great on Alfies’s CV. He is only 20 and he’s already won a prize from the UN, a huge achievement.”

Alfie has lived all his life in Whitley Bay and is a former student of Marine Park First School, Valley Gardens Middle School and Whitley Bay High School.