Ms Darkhshan Jokhio, PEN student from Government Girls Secondary School Ward No.1, District Thatta  represented Pakistan at the United Nations General Assembly in New York. She was elected as a member of Students’ Representative Council to represent the girls of Pakistan at the UN in New York.

Ms Jokhio has recently completed her matriculation from PEN adopted-school and is currently doing her Intermediate from Degree College, Thatta. She belongs to an under-privileged family; her father works as a postman. The family moved to Thatta city from a remote village in Sindh so Ms. Jokhio and her siblings could get better quality education. Her father’s decision to move and give his children education inspired other people to follow in his footsteps.

Ms Jokhio spoke on issues of child rights and literacy during her address at the UN General Assembly as a student representative of Pakistan. Moreover, she had a series of discussions on Girls Education which was moderated by New Zealand’s princess. The title of Ms. Jokhio’s speech was, “Girls Education and Early Child Marriages Practices in Pakistan.”

“I’m extremely grateful to my teachers, mentors and parents,” said Ms. Darkshan Jhokio. “My teachers encouraged me to participate in extra-curricular activities to complement academics and this is what honed my public speaking skills.”

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