Published on March 29, 2014
Shaheen Mistri (A Social Entrepreneur) Founder , Akanksha Foundation CEO , Teach For India "To give each child the chance to be where you and I are today" Presentation By: Shivendra Gupta Abhishek
Social Entrepreneurship : A Basic Introduction • Social entrepreneurship is the process of pursuing innovative solutions to social problems. • These problems can be in sectors like education , healthcare , poverty or agriculture etc.
Shaheen Mistri : Profile • Born on March 16 , 1971 in Mumbai, Shaheen Mistri is an Indian social activist and social entrepreneur/edupreneur. • She grew up in various countries, including Greece, Saudi Arabia, Indonesia, and the United States as she moved countries with her father, a senior banker with Citigroup.
Continued… • She graduated with a BA degree in Sociology from St. Xavier's College,University of Mumbai and later obtained a Masters in Education from the University of Manchester • She is a founder of the Akanksha Foundation, an Indian educational initiative in Mumbai and Pune, and is also the CEO of Teach For India (TFI) since 2008.
Career • She founded the Akanksha Foundation, a non- profit organization working primarily in education, at the age of 20 to impact the lives of poor uneducated children. • Over a period of 20 years, her Akanksha Foundation, which started with just 15 children in one centre, now teaches about 4400 children in 25 centres and 15 schools.
Continued… • In the summer of 2008, she took on a leadership role at Teach For India. • TFI enlists India's most promising college graduates and young professionals to spend two years teaching in low-income schools and attempt to bridge the educational gap in the country.
A Brief about her social enterprises Akanksha Foundation The Akanksha Foundation is a non-profit organization with a mission to impact the lives of children from low-income communities, enabling them to maximize their potential and change their lives. It has 25 centres and 15 schools in Mumbai & Pune, having reach to about 4400 students.
Continued… Teach For India (TFI) Teach For India, a project of Teach To Lead, is a nationwide movement of outstanding college graduates and young professionals who will commit two-years to teach full-time in under resourced schools and who will become lifelong leaders working from within various sectors towards the pursuit of equity in education.
Continued… • Today, Teach For India is in 5 cities - Mumbai, Pune, Delhi, Hyderabad and Chennai. They have a total of 700 Fellows and 437 Alumni working towards eliminating educational inequity.
Awards given to her • Ashoka Fellow (2001) • Global Leader for Tomorrow at the World Economic Forum (2002) • Asia Society 21 Leader (2006)
References • http://www.teachforindia.org/about-us • http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shaheen_Mistri • http://yourstory.com/2011/10/shaheen- mistri-teach-for-india-every-child-is-capable- of-achieving-great-things-if-the-opportunities- are-given/
“Every child is capable of achieving great things, if the opportunities are given.” THANKS
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