A 5 year old girl came across some strange white ‘boxes’ in her school which intrigued her as, “When you push a button, something magically appears on the box” she says. Later she got to know that these boxes were computers. The world had no clue at that time it had child prodigy who would be the youngest Microsoft MCP. Today is the 4th death anniversary of the little genius who made her nation swell with pride.
That child prodigy is called Arfa Karim. She forced her father to buy the white magical box i.e. computer. Her father, Amjad Karim who works with a UN peace making force in Pakistan started noticing his daughter’s extraordinary technical talent and thus persuaded APTECH, an advanced computer institute to enroll his daughter who was too young to apply otherwise.
In 2005, the people at the institute amazed with her unique aptitude, informed her father that Arfa might actually be in a position to seek Microsoft certification; and after only four months of hard work and dedicated study, over summer, the little girl genius passed the exam for developing Windows applications! A process that would’ve normally taken a year to accomplish.
Being the youngest person to ever obtain this certification, Arfa was certified at only 9 years of age, she got the chance to fly to the USA and meet Mr. Gates himself.
During her one-on-one with Bill Gates, she talked about lots of things, asked him many questions, such as why there weren’t much women working at the company, she thought the number of male and female employees should be equaled , she also asked him why they wouldn’t hire someone her age.
She also made no secret she was surprised with the dress code there as she thought they’d all be in suits, and dropped the bare truth that meeting Gates fallen only second to Disneyland on her list of the things she wanted to see in America.
Following that encounter, Arfa was regarded as a celebrity in Pakistan and was held as an icon and a role model! Pakistanis celebrated her everywhere, and took pride of her.
Arfa expressed her dream of going to Harvard University or MIT to complete her studies in order to become a developer or a satellite engineer.
Unfortunately, the little genius won’t be able to fulfill her dream, for Arfa Karim, Pakistan’s pride, died at the tender age of 16 after an epileptic seizure that left her in a coma back in December, and eventually led to a cardiac arrest in early January that sent her soul to heavens.
May God rest her soul!