Transforming India's fight to close the educational equity gap, Shaheen Mistri's drive has been to better the lives of children who were born into underprivileged and disadvantaged backgrounds. Growing up in 13 countries, Shaheen eventually returned to Mumbai at the age of 18, where she saw a glaring lack of quality education and accessibility to this education to children living in the slums of the city. Determined to change their lives, she founded the Akanksha Foundation in 1989 and eventually started Teach for India in 2007. Today, she has played a huge role impacting the lives of over 38,000 children through Teach for India. A huge believer in the fact that education goes much beyond the subjects that are taught, Shaheen has been fighting to see a future where quality education in India is not a privilege, but a basic human right.
Produced and Interviewed by Urmi Chatterjee