This interview, taken by Justin L. Wilson, was originally published in International Policy Digest
The Citizens Foundation (TCF) is one of the largest non-profit organization in Pakistan in the field of education. It was founded in 1995 by a group of citizens in Karachi.
TCF’s CEO, Asaad Ayub Ahmad, has been an …Read More
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Meet Anum Fatima, a TCF Alumni whose journey began from a TCF classroom in her community to Harvard Summer School! Like many other students, Anum has faced great odds to pursue her dream of education.
Open sewers and lines of garbage clutter around the broken road. Barefoot children play in dirty puddles along with buzzing flies and tired-looking dogs. The houses are small, makeshift, with narrow doorframes and no doors. This isn’t a picture limited to one location – there are hundreds of thousands of …Read More
Alfana started teaching at TCF Bhai Pheru Campus, Kasur-Punjab in the year 2000. After the completion of her ten year service she was awarded the ‘Long Service Award’. She was appointed as the principal of TCF Primary School Baherwal, Houston Campus II, Patoki. Alfana has also been involved in the …Read More
Karachi Literature Festival (KLF) is around the corner and the city is buzzing with excitement. Over the years, the Festival has established its popularity amongst the Karachi crowds and has become an event not to miss. Apart from promoting literature, an important aspect of intellectual growth, here’s one more reason …Read More
The two friends, Mansoor and Mairaj, both joined TCF in 2002 in Grade I, when the first TCF Campus was inaugurated in Rehri Goth which is an urban slum in Karachi. They had previously been studying in a local government school, but transferred to TCF Infaq Campus where they cleared …Read More
Urooba Yousuf is a confident and self motivated student, whose self belief is second to none. Hailing from a humble background, her father works as a salesman in an electronic market while her mother teaches at a TCF school to support the family. This determined soul studied from TCF BGP …Read More
Parveen, mother of five children and wife of a labourer, belongs to a village in District Mianwali. Education of females was looked down upon in her village, so she was not allowed by her family to attend school.
“Sometimes, my children would ask me for help with their school work and …Read More
The following post has been submitted by a TCF volunteer, Durraiz Vazeer, in recognition of the International Day of Girl Child. Durraiz is currently completing his BSc in Economics, Politics and Philosophy from the University of Wisconsin in Canada.
International Day of the Girl Child, a globally recognised day declared by …Read More
Pakistan faces a multitude of serious challenges, many of them connected to the lack of a viable education system for its poor masses. Widespread illiteracy and dismal pedagogical standards are overwhelming problems.
Well-meaning but largely symbolic actions – such as a recent constitutional amendment which mandates free primary and secondary education, …Read More
Noor Jehan works as an aya at the Altaf Agha V Primary School in Bhittaiabad, Karachi. An ordinary woman with an extraordinary devotion towards TCF.
“During my job at TCF, I realized the importance of education and promised myself to educate all of my five children”. Nobody from her family had …Read More