Fatima Ahmad has been dreaming about becoming a teacher since she was a little girl.
At age six, she wrote down the aspiration in her diary, along with two other options: doctor and artist. Ultimately, she chose teaching.
"I love kids, and it was just natural," she said.
Ahmad, now an undergraduate student in McGill University's faculty of education, is only a few years away from making her dream a reality. But it may need to happen outside Quebec.
The new Coalition Avenir Québec government, which won a majority in last month's election, is planning to bar civil servants in positions of authority, including teachers, from wearing religious symbols such as the kippa or hijab.