From Shepherd Girl to French Education Minister; Najat Belkacem Acts as an Inspiration for Many

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Najat Belkacem

We live in a world where there is a lot of hatred for each other on the basis of caste, creed, color, language and religion. We hear dreadful stories from every corner related to terrorism and racism.

In all this scenario, the story of this Minister of Education and Research from France, Najat Belkacem, is indeed inspiring. This story is for everyone who wants to do something great and big in their lives. It is a reminder for everyone who is poor but can be successful in the future.

The Education Minister of one of the most powerful countries in the world, was born in a village of Nador in Morocco in the year 1977. We know a lot of people don’t know about Nador. It is a small village in the countryside of the African state of Morocco.

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Talking about the family of Najat, her father was a construction worker in France and he asked Najat and his family to move to France to live with him. In 1982, Najat and her family moved to Amiens.

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Najat was a hard worker as a student, she studied hard and graduated from the Paris Institute of Political Studies in the year 2002. As soon as she completed her studies, she joined the Socialist party and she started raising her voice for the rights of the citizens and against discrimination.

Najat was elected as the councilwoman in Rhone Alpines and she stayed in office till 2008. In the same year, she was elected as the Council General of the Rhone department and by then she was a prominent face in politics of France.

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Najat Belkacem, the French Minister for Women’s rights. Image: Lyonmag.com

Her political career was further boosted in the year 2012 when she was appointed as the Minister of Women’s Rights and spokesperson for the government. In the year 2014, she was elected as the Minister of Education of France.

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Talking about the childhood of Najat, she used to herd sheep. This was because of the background she comes from.

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The childhood days of Najat Belkacem. Image: nouvelobs.com

She has been a soft target for all the sexist and racist comments from the opponent parties. Her opponents attacked her by using racial slurs and making fun of how she dresses, but Najat fought back.

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Transformation of Najat Belkacem. Image: answersafrica.com

Well, this story is indeed an inspiring one and reminds us that you can’t break the spirit of a woman. More power to girls like Najat.

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