Mehjabeen, who grew up in Karachi and received her Bachelors degree in Computer Science at the prestigious Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS), thought she would spend her career as a scientist, only to discover after an internship that it wasn’t her calling and that she was interested in making a tangible impact in her country. She applied and was accepted as a Fellow at Teach For Pakistan (TFP), an internationally recognized, highly selective fellowship of recent college graduates teaching in under-resourced communities. Mehjabeen served as a math teacher for 7th and 8th graders in the Sultanabad area of Karachi, where she taught and motivated 220 female students on a daily basis, and challenged age-old conservative beliefs about girl’s education. In addition to her significant workload as a teacher, Mehjabeen worked within the community to engage other teachers and parents in their children’s education and with her TFP colleagues, created an apprenticeship program for her students in partnership with IBM. After completing her term with TFP, Mehjabeen joined The Citizens Foundation (TCF) as manager for special projects in the CEO Secretariat Department. TCF is the largest non-profit organization working in the education sector with 1,000 school units catering to 145,000 students all over Pakistan. Mehjabeen worked to improve the quality of principals in TCF schools by making the existing mechanism for principal recruitment, training and evaluation more effective. Mehjabeen was awarded the Fulbright Scholarship and completed her Masters in International Education Policy at Harvard Graduate School of Education in 2015. She is currently a Research Associate at the Center for Economic Research in Lahore.
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