According to a new study by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, children in Asian countries are, on an average, better problem solvers than their European and American peers.

The study was conducted in 2012, in which more than 85,000 15-year-olds in 44 countries and economies were tested on problem solving skills, their ability to explore limitations or obstacles and to understand information given to them were also tested.

Pakistan is rich with intelligent students but they lack resources due to which many talented students never get a chance to explore their aptitude. The computer prodigy, Arfa Karim, who in 2004, at the age of nine, became the youngest Microsoft Certified Professional (MCP), is remembered as well as Malala Yousafzai and the recent student from KP Rae Harris Manzoor who received high marks in O Level exams from UK. These and many more unsung heroes live among us waiting for a chance to be recognized, many are waiting for education.

SANAM TAJJAMUL,

Karachi, April 3.