Ten years ago, I decided to climb one of the tallest local mountains with my other female cousins in my native village of Amazai (one of the tribal areas of Pakistan). At first we all were enthusiastic and energetic and I was a little bit confused because that was my first attempt to climb a mountain. However, I thought it would be easy because all I needed to do was to keep looking at the top of the mountain and go up. But in the middle of the climb, I felt frustrated. Because it was becoming hard to climb up, I was thirsty, I couldn’t see the top, I was in trouble,,,,,,,

A similar thing happened in my studies when my parents, especially my mother, expected me to become a doctor and I could not accomplish that because of my family customs for female education. But I remembered that climb and thought “how can I stop?” I have started making efforts to climb again. Born in the tribal family of Amazai Pakhtoons, I am the first woman in my family who has completed a degree in any subject. I have suffered many road blocks in my career, which have helped me to become stronger. In short, I applied for the Pre-STEP (Pre-Service Teacher Education Program) scholarship and finally got admission at CIE for doctoral degree in Educational Policy and Leadership as a major stride to reach my destiny.


In my whole academic and professional career every small accomplishment was woven like a strong climbing rope for me. I have worked as a volunteer in the field of education, health, rights of women and children, and awareness of community for a number of years with different national and international organizations. I have experience of teaching both at the school and the university levels. However, my desire to become a trainer of educational leaders became a determination while getting experience of management job in the teacher training wing of the Higher Education Commission Pakistan. I envisioned leadership that is impassioned and inspired. I envisioned leadership that is not only rooted in integrity and respect for others, but that also fosters the celebration of cultural diversity and consistent tolerance of the views of others. I, therefore, not only hope to gain technical skills to provide effective leadership within the education sector in Pakistan but also to encounter graduate studies that are firmly grounded in the tenets of human equality and socio-cultural diversity, such as those currently offered at CIE.


I really consider myself a lucky person because it is not just an opportunity to study in the prestigious learning environment of CIE. Rather I have my CIE family that will give me support, love, courage and determination to climb the mountain without thinking about the hurdles on the way.

Shortly, now that I feel a part of CIE, I finally reached the top of that mountain and I am ready to attack the next climb with skills wrapped in confidence to bring dynamic and radical change to the training of educational leaders and managers in Pakistan.


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