45 of the top 60 Christian students in the Punjab were at a Starfish-organised celebration of the achievements of Christian students in the province. It was held in Lahore following the publication of this year’s matric results, and some scholars travelled many hours to be there.
All who had scored over 80% received a medal or shield, and those with over 90% also collected a cash prize of Rs 5000/ ($50) to help them go further with their studies.
“As Christians no-one celebrates our success. Thank you Starfish for recognising our achievements” – that was the flavour of the feedback from students, parents and staff who came.
As a minority community, many lack confidence, but we want them to realise that their lives could be hugely significant for their community and their country. “One day, an educated Pakistan will become a thriving Pakistan,” said Dr Joseph Jones (r), Vice-rector of Foreman Christian College, who presented the prizes. “Today, I’m standing here with a hope,” he went on, “I see young doctors, engineers, scientists, teachers and public servants.”
Shehram Tabassum (r) with 1080 out of 1100 marks and Neha Samuel with 1071 were this year’s highest fliers, and a special award was given to Shamshad Luka, director of Starfish Asia’s top-achieving Gospel School.