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Gulalai Jogezai

Biography

Gulalai, from a Pashtun tribal family of Loralai, Balochistan, is striving to bridge the gap between women and education. Despite belonging to an area of limited opportunities, especially for women, Gulalai paved a path for herself through academic excellence and family support. She obtained a bachelors degree with distinction, a masters in economics, and is currently pursuing a masters in development studies from Pakistan Institute of Development Economics (PIDE). Gulalai spearheaded the opening of an all-girls school in Loralai, implementing a pay-to-learn model where students are given a daily stipend to attend school. Though funds fell short after three years of serving the community, many parents enrolled their girls in other schools to continue their education. While she hopes to one day reopen her school, Gulalai can already measure her success through changed mindsets. Convinced that one who has “walked on a hurdled road can clear the way for others,” she aims to ameliorate opportunities for education in Balochistan and not only empower women but also help them be recognized as assets of society.

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