In a ground-breaking development, South Waziristan welcomes its first female head of education department

She views her appointment as South Waziristan’s deputy district education officer as an opportunity to implement her unique ideas.

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The literacy rate in South Waziristan suffered a massive downfall due to the militancy wreckage. It currently stands at only 10.5 percent for girls, while for boys, it remains at 36.66 percent.

The female literacy rate in the region is recorded among the lowest in Pakistan. Hence, the appointment of Noor Khadija as the head of the education department in South Waziristan has raised hopes and expectations for a new future.

About Noor

Noor Khadija hails from an educated family and has been a part of the education department for a decade with a master’s degree. She views her appointment as South Waziristan’s deputy district education officer as an opportunity to implement her unique ideas, which would greatly influence the women of the tribal areas.

“It was my long-standing desire to serve my community, specifically girls, to remove obstacles in the way of their education,” Khadija said in an interview with Arab News.

She admires Fatima Jinnah as a highly influential role model, as she hangs her photo behind her office desks to keep her motivated.

“As a woman, Fatima Jinnah proved that women could make a difference and play a decisive role to lead the society for positive change,” Khadija mentioned.

“I will strive to provide girls schools with all missing facilities to empower girls through education, which is of paramount importance for a vibrant society.”

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