Blind female Pakistani student wins Oxford University scholarship

QATAR: A visually impaired female Pakistani student, Khansa Maria has been selected as a ‘Rhode’ Scholar from Pakistan for the fall of 2021 at Oxford University.

Maria will be pursuing a master’s program in evidence-based policy intervention and social evaluation at the Oxford University.

The braved female student currently attends Georgetown’s Qatar campus where she is pursuing a Bachelor’s in Foreign Service, with a concentration in culture and politics.

Khansa is deeply zealous about advocating for the rights of people with disabilities and designing accessible communities in an effort to make sure inclusivity. She has organized and had spoken at different international conferences on inclusion and inclusive policies.

Owing to her visual impairment, she had to face many difficulties while studying in Pakistan so, the idea of ​​being able to do something for the physically challenged is very personal to her.

Khansa said, “I am blind, and I direct experienced the impacts of not having an inclusive society. Noting that now she wants to give back,” she added.

She further said, “I do have a certain responsibility toward my community to improve things to the extent that I can, or at least lend my abilities or my knowledge in a way that helps people like me in Pakistan,” Khansa said.

The girl said, “Many places are still inaccessible to people with disabilities, and communication and language techniques are not perfect for people with disabilities.”

She urged authorities in Pakistan to all essential take steps for people with disabilities to make them a useful segment of society.  Khansa has also worked at the US Embassy in Qatar. 

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