Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani on Thursday announced a prize of Rs1 million for Ibrahim Shahid, who made a world record by scoring 23 As in his Ordinary level exams in January.
In an exclusive interview, Ibrahim told The Express Tribune that he will struggle to eliminate poverty and work for the improvement of education in his country.
Talking to The Express Tribune, Ibrahim said his parents always stressed on the importance of hard work, which ultimately lead to his accomplishment.
He said he would pursue a degree in electrical engineering after completing his Advanced levels.
He said the sole purpose of his life is to improve the standard of education in Pakistan, and he is willing to dedicate his entire life for this purpose.
He said he was recently invited to Bangladesh for a five-day tour by Nobel Peace Prize winner Dr Muhammad Yunus, where he worked as an intern for five weeks.
He said he had also served as the school ambassador at Beaconhouse School System, during which he was sent to United Kingdom for a two-week trip.
He attributed his success to hard work and his parents’ and teachers’ — especially Muhammad Afrasiab and Umair Qureshi — efforts.
Ibrahim’s mother, Aliya Shahid, said she has always inculcated the importance of education to her children so that they could rise and work for the betterment of the country.
Ibrahim said that besides academics, he also took active participation in several sports activities including football, table tennis and cricket.
Published in The Express Tribune, August 19th, 2011.