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by The Citizens Foundation (UK) Vetted since 2009

Since he was a young boy, TCF alumnus Afzal Channa had a passion for healthcare. 

In Year 8, he worked as an assistant in a local clinic, managing patient medical records and handling a variety of administrative tasks, on top of his school work. Struggling to make ends meet, he even sold empty medicine bottles to earn extra money, so that he would not have to give up doing the work he loved for something that may have earned him more money. 

Following his passion, Afzal started training as a paramedic after his matriculation (GCSE) exams and continued working at the clinic. After three years of determined effort, he is now a certified technician for work in operation theatres, blood banks and laboratories across the country He also completed his Intermediate College (A-levels)and plans to apply to medical universities this year.

In his neighborhood, a particularly impoverished one, Afzal serves as the first point of call for anyone requiring urgent medical care and ensures that he always has the first aid supplies he needs in such situations. 

Students such as Afzal are one of the many reasons TCF is supported by people all over the world who hope for students like him to be able to achieve their dream. 

Javeria Yousaf The Mathematician
Javeria Yousaf The Mathematician

Meet Javaria, one of TCF’s extraordinary alumni determined to enlighten and empower her community in Minhala by returning to teach at the school she graduated from. Passionate about Mathematics, Javaria brings the magic of numbers to her classroom at TCF’s Shirin Sultan Dossa Campus-3 in Minhala, 20 km away from Lahore.

Javaria’s father is employed as a lineman in Pakistan’s Water and Power Development Authority (WAPDA) and the family has always struggled to make do with limited resources. This did not deter him from sending her to school. ‘My father has always supported our education and encourages us to seek knowledge. The presence of TCF in our village meant that my family could send me to a school which imparts quality education’.

Javaria’s bond with TCF began back in 2002 when she joined the school as a 6th grade student. Establishing her mark as a bright student and remaining top of her class every year, she graduated with flying colours in 2006. Reflecting upon her time at TCF as a student, Javaria says that she developed a love for Maths and all things involving numbers very early on. ‘My Maths teacher was always confident and taught us well. She really helped clear my basic concepts and got me to the point where I was solving complex problems on my own’, informs Javaria. ‘When I am confronted with a Mathematical problem today, I just cannot sit still until I crack it!’ says Javaria excitedly. In an environment where most young women are inclined towards Arts or Humanities, Javaria stood out by being drawn towards Mathematics and Information Technology. Buoyed by her academic success, she developed a yearning for further education. Completing her F.Sc. and B.Sc. from the Government College for Women, Baghbanpura, she went on to acquire her Masters in Economics from the Punjab University in 2013.

As she prepared for her Masters examination as a private candidate, Javaria returned to TCF to teach Mathematics to grade 10 students, and loved each second of her time doing so. Upon completing her Masters, Javaria ventured towards higher grades and currently teaches Mathematics and Economics to students of grade 10 and TCF’s local degree college respectively. Javaria feels strongly about playing her role in sustaining the momentum of positive change in her community. ‘Education has changed my entire outlook on life and helped me evolve as a more informed individual. I want others in my community to get ahead in life too’.

In 2012, Javaria received the ‘Best Teacher Award’ in recognition of her performance and dedication to her chosen profession. She has also performed exceptionally well at her annual Teachers’ Competency Test, securing 84% and 97% in 2015 and 2016 respectively. When asked what keeps her so motivated every day, she confides: ‘The change happening around me because of education is so evident. Although it hasn’t been long since I was a student in these same classrooms, girls I teach today are much more confident and participate actively. I watch them grow and develop every day. What more do I want for motivation?’

Speaking of her future plans Javaria says she wants to continue teaching and also pursue a second Master’s degree, this time in Mathematics.

Our talented and driven teachers are a prized asset for TCF, for they are the ones who bring the joy of learning to thousands of children enrolled into our schools nationwide. So far, 513 TCF graduates have returned as teachers and become the torchbearers for TCF’s mission to inspire and educate the underserved across Pakistan.

Changemaker
Changemaker

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Illuminate a child
Illuminate a child's life through education

In 2016, The Citizens Foundation (TCF) embarked on an ambitious new Government Schools Programme – a public-private partnership model through which TCF assumed responsibility for the management of government schools across the country in order to improve enrolment and quality of education.

TCF has currently taken on the management of a total of 259 government schools from three provinces:

- 252 in Punjab

- 5 in Khyber Pakhtoon Kwa; and

- 2 in Sindh

Why has TCF taken on this additional responsibility?

The majority of government schools in Pakistan are in such a dilapidated state that they infringe on the ability for students to learn.

According to the 2005 National Census, 40% of public schools have no bathrooms, 56% have no electricity, 32% have no access to clean drinking water, 38% have no boundary walls, and 7% have no building.

Girls especially have trouble accessing schools – not only due to distance travelling to school but also due to cultural and financial reasons.

Aside from this, children are routinely subjected to corporal punishment and teacher absenteeism is rampant with an average of just 3 teachers per government school.

What TCF has achieved so far:

To improve quality of teaching standards, thousands of competent teachers and principals have been inducted, all of whom have gone through a comprehensive training programme aimed at enhancing their pedagogical skills. These teachers now have access to TCF's internally developed textbooks as reference material to aid instruction.

It has been more than a decade since the first batch of students graduated from TCF. The total number of our graduates stands at 15,966 today. The next decade will see a substantive increase not just in the number of TCF graduates but also in their academic standing and their capacity to serve as agents of positive change, in line with TCF's vision.

Support us!

With our expanding Government Schools Venture venture, now more than ever we are calling on YOUR support to help us impart education on Pakistan's 24 million out of school children. Help us ensure that every child, regardless of class, religion, gender or economic standing has access to a quality education. 

Empower girls!
Empower girls!
Creating agents of positive change
Creating agents of positive change

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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

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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!

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The Citizens Foundation (UK)

Location: London, England - United Kingdom
Website: http:/​/​www.tcf-uk.org
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TCF UK
London, United Kingdom

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