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Dubai mum appointed National Goodwill Ambassador for Girls Education by Pakistan

A Dubai-based mother and Pakistan’s leading female mountaineer, Naila Kiani, has been appointed National Goodwill Ambassador for Girls’ Education by the Ministry of Federal Education and Vocational Training in Pakistan.

Overcome adversity
Naila Kiani faced significant barriers to accessing quality education throughout her upbringing. She worked full-time night shifts to finance her university education, demonstrating resilience and determination. Despite these challenges, she excelled academically, earning degrees in aerospace engineering and banking.

Advocating for early education
Kiani strongly believes that early education empowers girls, allowing them to make meaningful contributions to their families, communities and nation. As a Goodwill Ambassador, her responsibilities include:

  • Highlighting the importance of early childhood education: advocating for starting girls’ education at an early age to ensure lifelong empowerment and opportunity.
  • Supporting Government Programs: Promote and support federal and provincial initiatives aimed at improving access to education and quality for girls.
  • Inspiring Young Girls: Motivating young girls across the country to realize their full potential through education.

Commitment to education
“I am deeply honored to have been named a National Goodwill Ambassador for Girls’ Education,” said Kiani. “My own journey has shown me that education is the key to unlocking opportunity and driving societal transformation. By focusing on early childhood education, we can build a strong foundation for lifelong growth and empowerment. I am committed to championing initiatives that provide quality education to all girls, empowering them to overcome challenges and achieve their dreams from an early age.”

Mountain climbing achievements
Naila Kiani’s achievements in mountaineering are equally impressive:

  • Record climber: the only Pakistani woman and the third Pakistani to climb 11 of the world’s 14 highest peaks above 8,000 meters.
  • Speed ​​Climbing: The only Pakistani to climb seven peaks above 8,000 meters in less than six months, achieving this feat in 2023.
  • Fastest Climber: Fastest Pakistani to climb all eleven 8,000 meter peaks in less than three years.
  • Sitara-i-Imtiaz Recipient: The only female athlete to receive Sitara-i-Imtiaz, Pakistan’s highest civilian award for athletes.

Naila Kiani’s appointment as National Goodwill Ambassador for Girls’ Education is a testament to her commitment to empowering young girls and her continued commitment to education and social progress.

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