Government, UNHCR pay tribute to Afghan refugee student for securing second position in matriculation

The 16-year-old student named Mehboob-ur-Rehman scored 1090 marks out of 1100.

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Afghani refugee student

The Government of Pakistan and the United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR), have paid tribute to an Afghan refugee student who secured the second position in the matriculation exam conducted by the Mardan Board, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.

The 16-year-old student named Mehboob-ur-Rehman scored 1090 marks out of 1100. Rehman lives with his family at the Manzlara refugee village in Nowshera. His father sells fruit at a local market.

“Mehboob-ur-Rehman deserves to be honored for this outstanding performance. We are proud of bright students like him who are passionate about achieving their goals,” said government officials from the SAFRON Ministry at a ceremony held in Islamabad in honor of the refugee student.

The UNHCR Representative in Pakistan, Ms. Noriko Yoshida, the School Principal, Mr. Mohammad Israr, and Rehman’s family attended the ceremony.

During the ceremony, Rehman expressed his dream to become a doctor. He said, “I will continue my education, and I hope that I will achieve my dream one day.”

Afghani refugee student

Speaking at the occasion, The UNHCR Representative, Ms. Noriko Yoshida, congratulated the student for securing the second-highest position. She said, “Students like Mehboob-ur-Rehman are a symbol of hope and inspiration for many people, especially refugee communities.”

She noted that one of the UNHCR’s preferences in Pakistan is youth empowerment through investments in education and skills development, as over 60% of Afghan refugees are below the age of 25.

Yoshida added, “Educated youth are the future of Afghanistan and will play a vital role in rebuilding their country.”

The 16-year-old was rewarded with a laptop and a cash prize during the ceremony.

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