In the heart of a rural community, amidst the challenges and constraints of tradition, a young girl – Tooba Noor – dared to dream beyond her circumstances. This is the story of resilience, determination, and the transformative power of education:
“Raised in a middle-class family, I faced hurdles typical for girls in rural areas. Yet, armed with ambition, I pursued higher education at the Institute of Business Administration (IBA) in Sukkur, where I graduated with distinction and a bronze medal adorning my achievements.
But the dream didn't stop there. Despite societal pressures and familial expectations of early marriage, my thirst for knowledge persisted. Before I received my acceptance letter Aga Khan University Institute for Educational Development (AKU-IED), pursuing a master's degree seemed unachievable.
My time at AKU-IED was not just about academic pursuits; it was also a demonstration of the institution's unwavering support and nurturing environment. Despite financial constraints, AKU-IED's financial assistance programme paved the way for my MPhil journey, transforming academic aspirations into reality.
Though I initially desired international study opportunities, AKU-IED quickly became my sanctuary. The institute not only relieved financial pressures, but also provided a familial support system, especially during trying times like the floods back home.
The educational journey at AKU-IED was nothing short of transformative. Every aspect of the programme, from exploring educational philosophy to developing research skills under the guidance of a supportive supervisor, shaped my academic and personal growth.
What sets AKU-IED apart is its holistic approach to education. Access to top-notch healthcare and counselling services ensured not just physical well-being but also nurtured mental health—a crucial aspect often overlooked in academic settings.
AKU-IED also opened doors to global opportunities, from summer exchange courses in the USA to presenting research papers in Hawaii. Beyond academics, the institute provided support for personal growth and a sense of community.
In essence, AKU-IED is more than an educational institution; it's a beacon of hope, a nurturing haven where dreams take flight. From overcoming societal norms to forging academic connections, my time at AKU-IED was a transformative chapter that sculpted not just my academic journey but also my identity and aspirations."