Najat Belkacem, The Moroccan Girl Refugee Who Became Minister in France


From a shepherd girl in Morocco to the Minister of Education of France, Najat Belkacem is a story of a woman who rose from grass to grace through hard work and determination.

Najat became the first woman and the youngest person – at 36 -to ever make French Minister of Education; As well as first Muslim to hold such a position in a developed country.

While some are too busy shouting ‪#‎BanMuslims or ‪#‎BanMoroccans, Najat Belkacem quietly reminds us that immigrants are an asset – and that believing in our children and investing in them with the right character traits and the right education literally means the sky is the limit.

For the record, Najat became determined to succeed in politics when she observed the rise of Le Pen (France’s Donald Trump) and the right wing in France. She recalls how at her first fundraiser – as she welcomed guests in and took their coats many mistook her for the house maid. Today, she’s called “The New Face of France.”

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