Elizabeth Mehta, after graduating in UK, migrated 49 years ago and has worked in Indian education ever since. She has worked as a kindergarten teacher, special educator, teacher trainer, primary & secondary mathematics & science teacher, & rose to be the Principal Designate of Bombay International School. Having completed many post-graduate courses in education & educational leadership, she worked for 11 years with Aga Khan Education Services, India as Project Director of their national School Improvement Programme. She served on the managing councils and advisory boards of many educational organizations including Sir Shapurji Billimoria Foundation for Integrated Education, Kodaikanal International School & Lady Khatun Marium School (Nava Sheva). She gave presentations in national and international conferences in Kenya, Thailand, Pakistan and Tanzania.
This extensive experience in the field of education development led her in 2003, to set up the Muktangan educational programme in which women from the same urban economically disadvantaged communities as the children, are trained as child-centred, inclusive, English medium teachers and then employed in one of the seven municipal schools entrusted to Muktangan to run. It is truly “education by the community for the community!”.
As Founder of Muktangan she was awarded the MBE in the Queen's Birthday Honours list in 2015 for services to Education in India.