Support a TCF School in Pakistan for a Year

by The Citizens Foundation (UK)

The Citizens Foundation (TCF) provides quality education in the heart rural communities and urban slums to Pakistan's most underprivileged children. As of April 2016, TCF is educating 175,000 children through its now 1,202 school units, imparting a quality education to the country’s future generations.  We are providing local jobs, clean drinking water, imparting improved hygiene practices, and helping tackle female illiteracy.

First ever TCF College

This year TCF launched its first ever TCF College in Karachi, with over 200 boys and girls enrolled. We prepare our graduates to forge ahead offering Alumni Scholarships and Career Counselling. Over 65% of TCF graduates continue to pursue higher education.

Making dreams come true:

16 year old Aiman Fatima is one of the highest achieving students at her school in Saudabad, a densely populated town in Karachi’s Malir district. She has secured first position in every grade for the last three years, and scored an A+ grade in her ninth class board exams last year. Recently, Aiman won a coveted scholarship to study for an International Baccalaureate (IB) diploma in Norway, at the United World College – a prestigious global network of 15 schools and colleges across the world. She plans to specialise in physics and eventually become an astronaut.

Adoption of Government schools:

Going forward, TCF has big plans to expand its outreach having taken over management responsibility for failing government schools across Pakistan in order to help improve the quality of education, school administration and enrolment of out-of-school children.

Number of schools adopted by TCF:

Government of Punjab - 252 schools

Government of Khyber Pakhtoonkhwa - 5 schools

Government of Sindh - 2 schools

Help us reach Pakistan's 24 million out-of-school children!

None of our work would be possible without the unwavering support of our donors. To help us fulfil our wider ambitious aims to reach Pakistan's 24 million out-of-school children, we hope that you can continue to extend your support to help us transform the lives of children in Pakistan through the gift of education.

Empowering children to become agents of change!
Empowering children to become agents of change!
Adoption of Government schools
Adoption of Government schools


The Citizens Foundation (TCF) has taken over management responsibility for 89 government schools across Pakistan in order to help improve the quality of education, school administration and enrolment of out-of-school children.

Why is TCF taking on this additional responsibility?

"Because TCF has a model for affordable, quality education that works! And because millions of Pakistani children… our children… are still languishing in dysfunctional Government schools, wasting their potential and losing hope in a dream called Pakistan. We can have a big impact on the future of these children, their families and their communities."

Ateed Riaz
Founder and Director (TCF)

Although some of these Public-Private Partnership programs do provide a subsidy for each child enrolled, TCF will still need to raise additional funds to physically refurbish the adopted Government schools and invest in measures to significantly improve the quality of education.

We would love to have your continued support to help reach more children than ever!


“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. 

A TCF school in Pakistan
A TCF school in Pakistan

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. 


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