Khadija S Bakhtiar

CEO & Founder,Teach For Pakistan

Khadija Shahper Bakhtiar is the Chief Executive Officer and Founder of Teach For Pakistan, a national nonprofit organisation that nurtures leadership to end educational inequity. Teach For Pakistan provides inspired university graduates the opportunity and support to teach for two years in low-income communities through a structured Fellowship programme and develop the leadership skills and contextual understandings to affect long-term, system-wide reform for educational equity.  She first had the idea to launch Teach For Pakistan in 2010 while pursuing a graduate degree at the Goldman School of Public Policy, University of California, Berkeley. Inspired by the impact and conviction of Teach For America Alumni to lead change, Bakhtiar returned to Pakistan in 2010 to launch a similar programme locally, where she led the programme through its four-year incubation period, recruiting, developing, and graduating hundreds of exceptional leaders who are working nationwide to accelerate systemic change for equity and excellence in education. In 2017, Teach For Pakistan launched as an independent organisation and currently has 160 Fellows teaching 12,000+ students across high-need public schools in rural areas around Islamabad. Bakhtiar has also led Teach For All’s teacher and alumni leadership development work with partners in the Middle East, South Asia and Africa regions. She is a Fulbright Scholar with a Master of Public Policy from UC Berkeley and a BSc (hon) in Social Sciences from the Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS), which recognised her efforts with Teach For Pakistan through the 2019 Vice Chancellor’s Alumni Achievement Award. She been associated with organisations workingfor women’s and children’s empowerment, including UN Women in New York City, HomeBase in San Francisco. Locally she has worked with Rozan and the Centre of Gender and Policy Studies in Islamabad. She also serves on various boards and advisory groups, including the National Education Foundation, Punjab Examination Commission, Teach For All’s Network Advisory Committee, and the Bardasht nonprofit school in Tarnol, Islamabad.

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