Founder trustee & Executive Secretary, Pratham Mumbai Education Initiative
Farida has 25 years of experience as an educationalist and social activist. She co-founded Pratham in 1994 and is responsible for the direct programs in Mumbai and Gujarat, as well as the Pratham Council for Vulnerable Children across India. In addition to her work at Pratham, she is a former Vice Principal, Nirmala Niketan College of Social Work, Mumbai.
She has been responsible for many progressive National Policy changes in education and child labour. She currently serves on the Government of India Committee on Child Labour & on Research in Education and was recently nominated as a member of the National Advisory Committee, under the Child Labour Prohibition and Regulation Act, 1986. She was also recently appointed as a member of the Maharashtra State Commission for the Protection of Child Rights.
In addition, Farida has initiated other projects such as Prerana (an organization working to protect children & women in the red light areas of Mumbai, YUVA (an organization working on various social issues taking strength from the youth) and others. She has spearheaded Disaster Relief efforts during the 1992 Bombay Riots, the Latur earthquake, Orissa cyclone, 26/11 Mumbai floods, Bihar floods, Mumbai terror attacks to name a few. She has been a part of several State and National Committees including the SSA (Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan), Sachar Committee, the Maharashtra State Security Council and others. She has attended and participated in several National and International Conferences and has many publications to her credit.