Heart touching story- How a Shepherd girl became the Education minister of France

Women’s impeccable abilities are never been in doubt. There is nothing in the world that can stop them from touching the pinnacle of success. They know the value of each and everything and that’s why success keeps following them. But not many have been able to relish the taste of success barring the ones with tenacity, intensity, grit and determination.

With fire in their bellies, they are bound to go for maximums as ‘sky is the limit’ for them. They set high standards to carve out a reputation for themselves as successful people. We must have bumped into many inspirational stories but there would only be some that drive people’s mood.

Before and After pictures of Najat (Credits: India Times)

Inspirational Story:

Would you believe the transition of how a shepherd girl became a French Education Minister? Yes, you read it right! She made people believe that even a poor can succeed against all the odds. She was once a shepherd girl of four where she regularly got along with goats and fetched water from the well.

Najat sensed a massive turning point in her career when she travelled to France with her family. Her father was already in France and plied his trade as a construction worker and asked Najat and his family to rejoin with him. Coming from Morocco, the girl didn’t have an eye for French. But she learnt the language by the end of her first year in college.

“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 very difficult to get our bearings,” she added.

Najat was more into studies over anything else when her father laid strict rules for his daughters telling them that they should not get along well with boys and no nightclubs until the age of 18. The girls obeyed father’s words and dedicated themselves completely to studies. Talking about Najat’s sister named Fatiha, she is a lawyer by trait in Paris.

Najat studied at the University of Amiens where she got the opportunity to pursue higher education with the prestigious Institut d’études politiques de (also referred to as Sciences Po).

This was the major twist in her life that set her on a path into the political landscape in France. In a sincere attempt to manage financial load, she worked two jobs while pursuing her Master’s in Public Administration. It was by chance she met Boris Vallaud, a student. Both of them got along together and finally, the two married in 2005.


Najat’s political career kick-started well with her joining the Socialist Party as an adviser to the mayor of Lyon. She got into the groove as she ran for elections and won the seat of the Councillor. In 2012, she was appointed as the Minister of Women’s Affairs by François Hollande, the former Socialist president.

In 2014, she took the bull by the horns as she extended his fruitful service as the Minister of Women’s Right, Minister of City Affairs, Minister of Youth Affairs and Sports. In a major cabinet shuffle, she was given the higher position to serve as the Minister of Education.

Najat adviced the youths to get involved in politics. “I have always advised the youths 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.”

Hailing from Chennai, Chaithanya G is the Managing Director of TheYouth. He has dedicated his whole life to reading and writing.