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Rakhat was born and raised in Kyrgyzstan (in Central Asia), lived for seven years in Pakistan, and has lived in Toronto for three years. She has taught kindergarten and lower secondary school students, as well as teachers.

She is currently a doctoral candidate at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education at the University of Toronto. Her doctoral research examines the meaning of education and learning in a rural Kyrgyz community during the period of post-Soviet social transformations.

As a former teacher and teacher educator, she strongly believes in education for social justice. As a team member of the Citizenship Rights and Responsibilities Pakistan, she contributed to the development of educational materials and taught several professional development courses promoting global citizenship and peace education.