Shekoo Mackay trained as a registered nurse and then as a midwife at Queen Charlotte’s Hospital, London. After some time working with mothers and new-born babies on the post-natal wards, and in the community, she worked as a General Practice nurse and trained in family planning before leaving the UK to spend 19 years living and working in various countries in Europe.
While living in Europe Shekoo had the opportunity to become involved in working with young people, initially working as a school nurse in International Schools. Shekoo thrived in the school environment, enjoying both her contact and engagement with the young people in her care and the interaction and communication with teachers and parents. Her background in family planning allowed her to identify the gaps in support offered to teenagers in the schools she was working in and she moved into teaching Relationship and Sex Education. Following the British curriculum in RSE, Shekoo gained recognition as a pioneer in this field, providing the full programme from age 12 through to 18. Shekoo continued to develop the programme and her skills for 12 years in a mixture of teaching, nursing and counseling roles in the schools. Now settled back in the UK she continues to travel regularly to both Rome and Prague to continue her teaching as a trusted and valued resource.
Shekoo’s warmth and naturally supportive communication style allow her to engage young people confidently and comfortably on all topics related to safe and positive relationships. As a mother of two children educated at several International schools Shekoo has extensive experience in teaching culturally and religiously diverse communities. She further consolidated her expertise in the well-being of young people by completing a course on Adolescent Health.