“We live surrounded by fear and uncertainty. Small issues can spark violent clashes between different ethnic groups in our area. I just want peace so that we live our lives fully, do our businesses, sit freely on the sidewalks and our children do not miss school even for a day."
It takes courage to dream of peace growing up in Lyari, one of the most dangerous, gang-fested and poverty stricken areas in Karachi, Pakistan. After graduating from TCF in 2013, Ayub got involved in an effort to promote peace through art under the banner of ‘I am Karachi.’ The initiative focused on illustrating positive values such as peace, tolerance and diversity, which Pakistani society lacks greatly, especially an area such as Lyari. Ayub has not only been successful in making a difference through his art, he also enjoys a promising career with more than fifty of his paintings so far been exhibited at the National Museum of Pakistan. He attribtes gaining confidence to pursue his dream through the TCF Rahbar programme, a mentoring programme which provides guidance to students through volunteer mentors. Ayub's mentor encouraged him to never give up on doing what he loved.
The story of Iqra is one of hope and perseverance. Iqra hailed from a particularly poverty stricken slum from Pakistan, and her parents worked hard to ensure that she could go to school. In year seven, she transferred to a TCF school, which had recently opened up near her home, which relieved her parents from the financial struggle they were going through at her old school. Iqra excelled at school, graduating top of her class, despite helping out her parents with jobs to help out financially. She gained admission to one of Karachi's leading universities to study Mathematics and Statistics, securing a First Class Honours. Before going on to pursue an MBA, she decided to come back to TCF to teach English, and give back to the institution that she felt she owed her success to. During her MBA, Iqra interned at the State Bank of Pakistan, and was motivated to study for the Pakistan Central Superior Services (CSS) Examination, one of the country's toughest exams to take, which would enable her to work in Government services.
Iqra managed to graduate top of her MBA class, publish a research paper and stood 17th out of 13,000 student applicants from the CSS exams. Iqra now works in the Pakistan Audit and Accounts Services as an Assistant Accountant General, and credits her success to the TCF teachers and principal who encouraged her to follow her dreams, and the management team and volunteers at TCF who supporter her. Iqra dreams of bringing about bringing about positive change to Pakistan, and making a difference in the lives of others, in the way that she feels TCF made a difference in hers.
Your support will enable thousands just like Iqra to fulfil their potential, and carry TCF's mission forward.
The Education Department of the Government of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa(KPK) signed an MOU with The Citizens Foundation (TCF) for a 5-year partnership to establish and run second shift schools in 5 government schools in the Nowshera District, effective from April 2016.
The MOU was signed by Qaiser Alam, Additional Secretary KPK and Ateed Riaz, Founder-Director TCF at a ceremony held in Peshawar at the Chief Minister’s house, in the presence of KPK Chief Minister Pervez Khattak, Education Minister Atif Khan and Secretary Education Ali Raza Bhutta.
Speaking at the occasion Mr Riaz, said “We feel privileged to have partnered with the Elementary and Secondary Education Department, Government of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. This partnership is of great value as it will help us in our mission of providing quality education to the less privileged. TCF brings to this collaboration its 20 years of experience in operating schools and delivering quality educational outcomes in low income communities. TCF also intends to pursue opportunities for collaborating with all provincial governments in order to bring children off the streets and into schools.”
Pervez Khattak, Chief Minister KPK also emphasized on the need for future expansion of the project and directed his team to work on increasing the number of partnering schools in various districts of KPK. TCF has agreed to subsequently appraise and finalise these additional schools, in collaboration with the KPK government.
TCF is Pakistan’s leading educational charity, providing quality education to children in marginalized areas of Pakistan since 1995. Currently, it is educating over 165,000 children nationwide through a network of more than 1,060 purpose-built school units. TCF has an all-female faculty, comprising of 8,900 well trained teachers. It encourages female enrolment and strives to maintain 1:1 parity among female and male students in all of its campuses.
TCF Celebrates 20 Years
The year 2015 ushers in a new era for The Citizens Foundation (TCF), as it celebrates 20 years of providing quality education to the underprivileged children of Pakistan. TCF now stands at 1060 school units educating over 165,000 students across five provinces. Distinctively, these schools operate in urban and rural slum areas in over 109 towns and cities.
TCF aims for 50% female enrollment, and currently stands at 48%. Apart from education, TCF provides annual summer camps, mentorship programmes and career counselling sessions, to enable its students to prepare and plan for their future. Rahbar, TCF’s mentorship programme, is now the largest structured mentoring programme in the country. Furthermore, our Female Adult Literacy Programme, known as ‘Aagahi’ has allowed 33,000 women from deprived communities attain basic literacy and numeracy skills.
TCF continues to turn out outstanding students, making headlines in Pakistan, as well as internationally. TCF student Zafar passed his Matriculation at TCF with flying colours, achieving an A+, and gaining a scholarship to one of the country’s leading colleges. He is currently pursuing the International Baccalaureate (IB) programme (equivalent to A Levels/Intermediate) at a United World College (UWC), in Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina. The UWC is an extremely prestigious and selective education movement, and students from around the world are selected based on merit and potential. Zafar has flourished at the college, and his term report described him as a mature and responsible student, actively participating in class and extracurricular activities.TCF aims to leverage two decades of successful experience, to continue granting such opportunities to future students.
All donations made through our Global Giving campaign go directly towards the TCF ‘KFC Pakistan Campus’ secondary school. The school is located in Karachi, Sindh and currently educates 240 students, with 52% female enrolment.
Located in one of Karachi’s most impoverished areas, the school has become a haven for the community. It is a part of the TCF water filter project, which provides safe filtered water to the students. It has also undergone several cycles of the Rahbar programme, and its students have been through career counselling. Regular Aagahi sessions have been conducted at this campus since 2009.
Meet Urooba Yousuf, Who Dreamt Big
Hailing from a humble background, Urooba studied in TCF B.G.P Campus, Karachi, and worked hard to complete her intermediate studies. Through TCF, Urooba obtained an opportunity to do an internship at Barclays Bank PLC. She recalls it as a wonderful experience that help increase her confidence. She went on to complete cost accounting courses, after which she pursued her degree in Mass Communication from the University of Karachi and graduated in 2014.
Urooba has now stepped into the professional world, working in a renowned advertising agency as a copy writer. She looks back at her time at TCF with gratitude, saying that TCF helped her develop the ability to dream, think, and believe in herself. Your donation will help many others like her to not just dream, but achieve their dreams and ambitions.
TCF Reaches Landmark 1000 Schools
In 1995, The Citizens Foundation (TCF), began as a small organisation in the field of education, opening just five schools in the rural and urban slums of Pakistan, to provide low cost quality education for the underprivileged children of Pakistan. The aim of The Citizens Foundation, in its starting year was to one day build 1000 schools across Pakistan, a goal that the founding directors never thought to see in their lifetime.
Just 19 years later, The Citizens Foundation saw that vision achieved; as it welcomed in 2014 with a landmark 1000 schools, across 100 towns and cities across all the provinces in Pakistan. At the end of 2014, TCF now educates 145,000 underprivileged children and is the largest private network of schools in the country. The Citizens Foundation also aims to maintain a 50:50 gender ratio, and has a faculty of 7,700 teachers, who undergo extensive training programmes before and during their teaching tenures.
There are countless students, teachers and volunteers who are inspirational in their journey with us at TCF. This year, the TCF family mourned the loss of two their own, Haris and Babar Suleman, a father-son duo who set out on a mission to fundraise for the organisation by flying around the world in 30 days to support the cause. Haris, the 17 year old son, was in the final days of his whirlwind journey intended to do just that when the single-engine plane he was flying went down in the Pacific Ocean between American Samoa and Honolulu. Haris’ body was recovered shortly after, while Babar’s remains unrecovered, and TCF mourned the loss of two people who gave up their lives for its cause.
Our work to empower women goes further still with our Aagahi programme, a female adult literacy programme, which has allowed 28,000 women from some of the poorest areas of Pakistan to attain vital literacy and numerical skills. It is such programmes, initiatives and projects that prompted writer and historian William Dalrymple, to say that from all the organisations he has ever worked with, he found The Citizens Foundation to be the best.
Meet Naila, who aims to change the world around her
Naila is a hardworking student of year II at a TCF school in Pakistan. Naila’s father is the only breadwinner of the family and her mother is a housewife.
Naila’s favourite subject is Urdu and she likes writing stories. “I love to write and share my own stories during the storytelling session at my school and it feels wonderful.” says Naila proudly.
Naila’s dream is to become a teacher when she grows up and devotedly teaches her siblings at home. “I want to serve my nation by opening a school for the children in my community that will be free of cost.” she says with a hopeful smile.
Your support gives hope to Naila and to so many others like her, who strive to change the world around them through education. Thank you for helping us educate Pakistan.
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