Sayyeda Numrah’s approach
Inspired by her mother who was a kindergarten teacher, Numrah knew from an early age that she wanted to work with students. After teaching at a government school and seeing that her peers did not always have the qualifications to thrive as educators, Numrah decided to focus her work on improving teaching standards in her community and increasing the number of female teachers. Now as a lecturer at the nonprofit Durbeen, Numrah trains female teachers in Karachi to improve the quality of education in public schools.
With her Malala Fund grant, Numrah will assess how well Durbeen’s teacher training programme is improving students’ learning outcomes. This data will inform a state-wide advocacy campaign that aims to prove to leaders how critical trained teachers are in improving girls’ secondary school enrolment rates. The campaign will also push for the government to require all teachers to have a bachelor’s degree in education.