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The Citizens Foundation (UK)

About Us

Who are TCF?

The Citizens Foundation (TCF) was born after six friends came together with the belief that education was the answer to solving Pakistan’s most pressing social problems. Since its inception in 1995, TCF has grown from running five schools in a Karachi slum to 1,441 school units in urban slums and rural areas across Pakistan educating 204,000 children. Today over 20 years later, TCF is Pakistan’s leading education non-profit organisation which professionally builds and supports schools for underprivileged youth of Pakistan.

The Citizens Foundation (UK) is the UK fundraising chapter for TCF raising awareness and funds to build and support primary and secondary schools to serve some of Pakistan’s most neglected communities. To date, UK donors have built over 42 schools, including 18 that run afternoon shifts. All TCF Schools have a pay-as-you-can-afford system where families make a nominal contribution towards the fee based on their means. The vast majority of funding comes from generous donations from individuals, corporates, matched giving schemes, Trusts and Foundations and through TCF-UK events.

 Open to all children

TCF schools are open to all children regardless of religion, ethnicity or the family’s ability to pay. Tolerance for all faiths and ethnicity are strongly inculcated in all students with encouragement to be open-minded, peace-loving and socially responsible members of society.

National Presence
This year we enrolled 29,000 additional children, and employed 1,200 more teachers.

Sindh 618 43%
Punjab 670 46%
Baluchistan 78 5%
Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (former NWFP) 66 5%
Azad Jammu & Kashmir (AJK) 9 1%
Total TCF School Units, April 2016 1,441 100%

Professional Management
TCF is professionally managed by a team of highly skilled managers and staff employed on a full-time basis. We have 12,000 teachers in an all-female faculty.
Financial aid of up to 95% of the tuition and fees is provided to needy students. Many students pay as little as Rs.10 (about 7 pence) per month. Books and uniforms are provided at easy instalments, or distributed free to those who cannot afford them.

Co-education System
TCF schools are often unique in offering a co-education schooling environment. Female enrolment in TCF schools is close to 50%, a remarkable achievement when compared to the national literacy averages amongst women in Pakistan. Many of the female graduates from TCF schools are the first young women to be educated in their families.
TCF schools follow an enhanced curriculum which is regularly updated with the national curriculum. Effectiveness of teaching methods is also evaluated through regular schools visits, inspections and assessments to ensure delivery of high quality education at all TCF schools.

Teacher Training Programme
All teachers are required to undergo 120 hours of pre-service training. Additionally, all teachers receive 80 hours of professional development every year.

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