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Young female prodigy appointed Youth Ambassador for PYF
By Jamil Khan August 14, 2015
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DUBAI: Sitara Brooj Akbar, the new face of Pakistani talent in the education sector who has set many world records, has taken an oath to be the new Youth Ambassador of the newly established Pakistan Youth Forum (PYF) for the community’s students.

“I’m glad to be part of the PYF and helping to create hope among Pakistani students in the UAE. Through a series of events, I will be part of workshops addressing students’ issues like improving public speaking skills, enhancing English language skills, and others,” said Akbar in an exclusive interview with The Gulf Today.

Sitara hails from a small village near Chiniot, Punjab province, and has recently moved along with her family to the UAE and is currently residing in Sharjah. After three years of schools, she decided to focus on her studies at home.

Without formal schooling, she was able to set a number of records in education, starting with passing her O-levels at the age of 9. The following year she passed her O-level in biology. She then completed her A-levels at the age of 13, all the while thanking Allah and her parents who supported at every stage.

“I have been studying at home for six hours daily to achieve the highest rank. The hard work resulted with me breaking a number of world records, earning the highest band score, 9, in the International English Language Testing System (IELTS),” she told.

She said that although she had a number of offers from top universities in the UK and the US, she is unable to go because of the age restriction. Having just turned 15, visa regulations require students to be 18 years of age.    

“They offered me places in universities in the UK and the US if I live with one of my guardians, but right now it is not possible for my family to make such a decision,” she said.

Responding to a question about her future, Akbar said she wants to have a degree in biochemistry.

“I want to contribute through my research in the field of science and help humanity through the medical research. I am also interested in international politics and have written a number of articles. So far, I have not sent my work to the media, but I will do so soon,” she said.

In the interim, she wants to continue studying and help other Pakistani students through various workshops as part of the mission set by the Pakistan Youth Forum.
 

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