The transformative power of education

In conversation with Safeena Husain

Girls’ education is the closest thing we have to a silver bullet to help solve some of the world’s most difficult problems,” says LSE alumna Safeena Husain, founder of Educate Girls, an Indian non-profit committed to mobilising communities for girls’ education in India’s rural and educationally backward areas.

Girls’ education acts as a powerful catalyst for change with a multiplier effect on at least nine of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals by positively impacting issues ranging from child marriage and poverty to health and climate change. But above all, education is a girl’s fundamental human right. This is why Safeena has committed to improving access and quality of education for over 15 million children in India cumulatively by 2025.

Safeena Husain founded Educate Girls in 2007. The NGO combines advanced analytics with door-to-door community engagement to create new educational pathways for girls in India. To-date, the organisation has succeeded in mobilising more than 1.4 million girls for school enrolment and supported more than 1.9 million students with remedial learning.

Educate Girls works with some 21,000 community-based gender champions in some of the most marginalised communities in India to break the cycle of inequality and exclusion.

At this event, LSE President and Vice Chancellor Larry Kramer and LSE alumna Safeena Husain will discuss why a girls' education is one of the best investments that a country can make and how Safeena intends to continue to scale up Educate Girls to improve millions of lives.


  • Safeena Husain
    Founder, Educate Girls
  • Larry Kramer
    LSE president and Vice Chancellor Former dean of the Stanford Law School Former president of the William & Flora Hewlett Foundation


This event is being held in London. It is free and open to all, but a ticket is required. For any queries email