Administrator and teacher trainer at the Qurban & Surraya Educational Trust
Abida Mahmood is an administrator and teacher trainer at the Qurban & Surraya Educational Trust in Lahore, Pakistan, a trust established by her father in 1980. The Trust has four schools and one degree college for girls and caters to 4,500 pupils. These schools and college provide quality education to the poor at the lowest possible cost and all orphans and needy are educated free. Ms. Mahmood is also a trustee of Qurban & Surraya Educational Trust and her voluntary services reach beyond her institution, as her unique model of teacher training led Punjab University’s Institute of Education and Research to send their teacher trainees to the Trust for training since 2006. Ms. Mahmood is also the general secretary of Pakistan Education Watch (PEW), a registered voluntary NGO aiming to bring change in the field of education. Settling in Lahore with the vision of imparting quality teacher training to Pakistani teacher, she believes that teachers are the basic players in the field of education and need the best of coaching. She has presented many papers nationally and internationally, and represented Pakistan at the International Bureau of Education conference in 2004. The books that she has developed for teachers are a great source of inspiration for all and have been appreciated by the Ministry of Education of Punjab. Ms Mahmood has been in Pakistan since 2002 but spends her summer months teaching and training in UK.