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Karachi: Following the foot steps of Arfa Karim, who became the world’s youngest Microsoft Certified Professional (MCP) at the age of nine in 2005, another talented Pakistani student Shafeh Thubani has become a world’s youngest Microsoft Certified at the age of 8, report said on Wednesday.

Shafeh says earlier it was difficult for him but now he feels it quite easy.

Arfa Karim rose to international fame when she became the youngest MCP at the age of nine in 2005 but died in February this year after complications resulting from an epileptic stroke.

“We were impressed from Arfa Karim but we never forced Shafeh to this. He did what he wanted to do,” Geo TV quoted her parents as saying.

The Microsoft Certified Professional award is a title given to those who master the company’s programs and is often used by adults to further their careers in the tech field.


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Many know Arfa Karim as the world’s youngest Microsoft Certified Professional, as a child prodigy or as an IT whiz kid, but how many of us knew her as a singer, a poet or as someone who would avoid studies?

An up close and personal interview with Arfa’s parents by ThinkTwicePakistan, reveals another side of her that people barely knew.

Her father tells the story of her life – an admirer of Allama Iqbal, Arfa loved poetry and wrote a poem for Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates when she went to meet him.

Moved by her gesture, Gates wrote a small thanking note for her. He described her as the “other side of Pakistan,” but Arfa’s father, Amjad Karim Randhawa, differs from his views. He says, “This is Pakistan – Arfa is Pakistan.”

Despite crossing territorial bounds, Arfa was deeply attached to her roots. The video shows her pictures in which she is seen in the fields – sitting on a tractor, gathering the crop.

Her mother, Samina Amjad, explains how she never studied without music playing in the background. Her teacher also tells that she was hardly seen studying, but she scored six As in her O-levels.


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Lahore: Another Pakistani student Sitara Akbar set new world record in O levels and also holds the title of the youngest Pakistani candidate in IELTS. 

Sitara Brooj Akbar, at the age of 11, passed six O level subjects including Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry and Biology. In addition to this honour, Sitara also holds the title of being the youngest Pakistani candidate of the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) and successfully attained seven bands out of nine, scoring 7.5 in the testing system.

“My daughter is a great fan of Dr Abdus Salam, Pakistan’s sole Nobel laurete and aims to become a top researcher in the field of biochemistry,” says her mother.

The little genius from Chiniot (Punjab) has been making headlines across local media but is yet to receive any recognition from the Government.

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Four engineering students in Peshawar built a one-seat Solar car, but look forward for the government’s support to take their project forward.

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Faisalabad: “God made me perfect”, says Mohammad Qamar Nizami, a 30-year-old senior accountant who was born with a physical handicap. “Out of the millions of people God created, if He created me a bit different, He also gave me the strength to work with my condition. Disability is a state of mind, not a physical flaw” he adds. As the oldest of 5 siblings, Nizami understood his responsibility towards his family early on in life and did not let his disability hinder in any of his ambitions. Setting forth with courage and positivity, Nizami has achieved all the success an exemplary person would. Not only does he support his family, but his life is so abundant that he is able to help other people living with disabilities set up their lives. Nizami is an example of how having the right attitude can mean the difference between being able and disable.

Courtesy by : Mera Passion Pakistan

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مبین کے آخری لفظ،
مبین کی طرف سے خود کشی سے قبل اپنی ماں کے نام لکھا جانے والا خط –

This story is really heartbreaking & Scary part is that it’s becoming all too familiar in Pakistan look at these stories from Abbotatbad & Karachi in last one week. The sad incident of suicide of Mobeen just because he did not want to live in hostel, this incident raised many questions against our persistent unchecked failed educational system & for our parents.
This is a wakeup call for parents we need them to get more involved in their kids’ lives just sending them school is not good enough we just can’t outsource everything to these boarding schools and teachers . As parents we need to talk to our children on daily basis ask them how they feel? How’ school, who are their friends? Are they happy at school or their class? Explain them what is sexual harassment and child abuse in a decent but informative way? Encourage them to report and share everything with us.
HCP will continue to follow this story and will do its part to Stop Child Abuse. We will do more public’s awareness messages on this topic and will request all our viewers to do their part. Through awareness and education. Our goal is to join with other organizations and individuals who wish to ultimately put a stop to child abuse! We are speaking out for for the children who have no voice, who have no choice and who have no way of stopping the violence! We are stepping stones to help, and we are trying to wake up the Pakistan.

Mubin’s Suicide: What Education is doing with kids?

The boy killed himself because he disliked to live in a hostel. Following Mubeen suicide one more boy from Karachi committed suicide because he failed in an English test.

Imagine what a grim situation in surrounding education. Complete chaos and no one knows how to educate their children. Mostly parents do not follow their child’s God gifted talents and intelligence instead pursue their children only to enroll in such subjects which are a vogue and “In ”  in the society.

Result is this! The child could not continue because (s)he does not have a passion and likeness for these forcedly subject and got failed grades.

Our society, school and parents collectively failed to understand the nature of education and learning in ever evolving scenario of today. Our old paradigm of education still prevailed and we only follow what is an earning profession, and which can make our children powerful.

Status quo is the game of the day. If we want to save lives of millions student in future, we have to work on a new paradigm of learning and development.

We have to leave old concept and practices based on 19th century requirement. We live in a more interactive technology enabled and networked era. Our problems are different from those of last century.

Our parents specially need to know their children need more than before. It is a time of collaboration not commanding and controlling parenthood. Our children deserve to be taken on board on key career and learning decisions. Imposing decision can result the birth of rebellious behavior in children especially in youths.

It is a very sad to state that mostly people involve in education do not have clear understanding of objective of education and schooling. They only know and have concern on subject and completing curriculum and exams.

They do not bother to reflect on outcome of course. Their primarily responsibilities is to please parent with good grade of their children. There are very little institutions which are working something other than grade. Majority of educational institutions run without learning goal and objectives.

It seems that these institutions only care about results not the child and its personality. Bringing the educational institutions on learning and development paradigm is a challenging task but it’s the only way to look forward and give our children a bright future.

A 13-year old student, Mobin has committed suicide after being dismayed by what he described as unacceptable attitude of his teachers. – File : PHOTO

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Islamabad  – With the start of the new school year now underway, UNICEF is encouraging parents and communities around the country to ensure that all children of primary school-age are enrolled in class.

An estimated 7.3 million primary school aged children in Pakistan do not attend school, depriving them of their right to education, and preventing them from reaching their full potential. Around 20 million children in Pakistan, including those of primary school-age, are not in school.

“The realization of Pakistan’s vision for social and economic development depends on the success of its education system,” said UNICEF Pakistan Representative Dan Rohrmann. “Investing in children and their education is both a right in principle and in practice due to the positive impacts it has on so many socio-economic dimensions.  It is therefore vital that all children in Pakistan, both boys and girls, have the opportunity to attend and complete their schooling.”

UNICEF is supporting the nationwide ‘Every Child in School’ campaign, which encourages parents and communities to ensure that all primary school aged children are enrolled for the new school year. A special focus is being placed on enrolling girls, who represent 57 per cent of primary school aged children who are not attending school. Girls from poor families in rural areas, for example, receive just over one year of education, on average, compared with boys from wealthy urban families who receive an average of more than nine years of education.

The right of children to receive an education is enshrined in the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child.  The 18th Amendment of the Pakistan Constitution is providing an added opportunity to realize this right as Article 25a requires the State to provide free and compulsory education to all children between the ages of five and 16, as determined by law.

“The disparities in education are influenced by multiple factors such as wealth, gender, ethnicity, geographic location, early learning opportunities, access and quality of learning and it is therefore critical that all those that can positively influence children’s learning opportunities put their best foot forward to ensure that this year’s start of schooling will be more successful than ever,” said Mr. Rohrmann.

“We must ensure that all children are in school. Free and quality education for all children, especially the most vulnerable and disadvantaged – and which is utilized by all children – is essential to Pakistan’s economic and social development. An investment in children is an investment in Pakistan’s future,” added Mr. Rohrmann.

More Information:
Amal Masud, Media Specialist, Mob: 0300-855-4539, Email:amasud@unicef.org

Musarrat buttons up her son, Saqlain, after giving him a bath. Saqlain, 5, belongs to a poor family of five that lives in a slum and barely gets by. PHOTO: MYRA IQBAL

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