Najat Vallaud

Najat Vallaud-Belkacem is a real inspiration for those who aim to scale big heights. The story of the lady who was a Shepherd Girl and now the Educational Minister of France will make you get a run of goosebumps.

Najat Vallaud-Belkacem was recently promoted as education minister of France recently. Here is her inspirational story. Najat Belkacem was born in the Moroccan countryside in 1977.

During her childhood, she used to fetch water from well. Najat’s father is a construction worker. The family moved to France, and that was the time when she saw the real world filled with opportunities.

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She studied her graduation at Institut d’études Politiques de Paris (Paris Institute of Political Studies),  Which gave her opportunity to expose her knowledge to the political landscape of France. She learned French by the end of her college.

She inherited hard work from her father who was strict with his daughters. He had rules like no boys and no nightclubs till the age of 18, which made the girls surrender to their books.

She took up two jobs to take the financial burden of the family. While pursuing Master’s in Public Administration she met Boris Vallaud, a fellow student and got married to him in 2005.

Her political career began with her joining the Socialist Party as an adviser to the mayor of Lyon. She ran elections and got a seat as a councillor. In 2012, she was appointed as the Minister of Women’s Affairs by François Hollande the then president

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She was appointed as Minister of Women’s Right, Minister of City Affairs, Minister of Youth Affairs and Sports in 2014. In a major cabinet reshuffle, she was appointed as Minister of Education.

When asked about the cultural change in her life she said, “The fact of leaving one’s country, one’s family, one’s root can be painful, my father had already found his place, but for us, for my mother, it was tough to get our bearings.”

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She advised youth to take part in active politics she said ‘”I have always advised the young people to get involved in politics. The best way to be happy with your future is by playing a part in it. If you’re just a spectator of collective fate, you’re bound to feel frustrated.”

When asked about her childhood she said “I have many good and bad memories, and it’s hard to pick one to talk about,” she said, “I lived for four years in Morocco, and I noticed that my cousins did not go to school, especially the girls.”

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