Appeal: Under Investing in Future Leaders Scholarship project, OEC is sponsoring meritorious and deserving scholars-studying in elementary schools- from far flung areas of Gilgit-Baltistan & Chitral, therefore, you’re kindly requested to sponsor a OEC-IFL Scholar by clicking SIGN UP as IFL SPONSOR[/fusion_text][fusion_text]”They say life is a roller-coaster and a constant struggle. I experienced it when I graduated from Karakoram International University (KIU), Gilgit (Pakistan) and left my home in pursuit of higher education and employment. I didn’t choose BBA-Hons as my undergraduate degree; it came to me as an opportunity as I was unaware of the directions available for a student with 12 years education from a remote, rural area of Gilgit-Baltistan. I, wholeheartedly, salute my parents and some of my greatest mentors whose constant encouragement and guidance helped me graduate from KIU with good grades, tall hope and clear aspiration to be a change maker.
I applied to MSc Program in Anthropology and Development at The London Shcool of Economics and Political Sciences because I wanted to work for the development of Gilgit-Baltistan. Moreover, I won LSE Masters Award that enabled me to come to London and complete a worldly renowned degree. It was not an easy task as I was away from my family for the very first time in my life and flying in to the ‘leading global city’ from a tiny remote village of Gilgit, however it was a life changing experience for me. Initially, I struggled with the spoken and written (Academic) English. The academic writing was a nightmare for me as I never wrote an ‘original’ academic piece of writing in four years of my undergraduate program and neither read an entire research article or any book in my life. It took me almost first three months to catch up with the pace of lectures and readings. But with the constant guidance of my wonderful professors and my supervisor I completed my master’s degree.
During my educational journey so far, I have traveled to China-For Youth Exchange Pak-China (Beijing, Tianjin, Changsha ), Belgium (Brussels, Bruges), France ( Montpelier, Lyon), Spain (Barcelona), Croatia (Zaboky, Zagreb, Dubrovnik), Sweden – For Young Connectors of Future program with Swedish institute (Stockholm, Faro, Gotland), UK (London, Kent, Oxford, Cambridge) and Iran (Tehran, Qazvin) Language Immersion program. My quest to learn continues as I am still in London doing yet another research degree. After completion of the degree, I plan to return to my region (Gilgit-Baltistan, Pakistan) and contribute my bit in its development”
(Muneera Shaheen, Gilgit)
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