TCF wins prestigious international award
KARACHI: The Citizens Foundation (TCF), Pakistan has won the prestigious Skoll Award, according to a statement on Friday. The Skoll Foundation announced the winners of its 2013 Skoll Awards for Social Entrepreneurship (SASEs) on Thursday, it said. Chosen from hundreds of applicants, the award recognises a highly selective group of the world’s most promising social entrepreneurs. While Skoll’s new awardees focus on different issues, they share what Skoll believes is key to accelerating large-scale change: an entrepreneurial approach, a proven innovation with demonstrated impact that can be scaled, focus on a pressing issue that is at an inflection point, and an ability to catalyse systems change, according to the statement. Some of the previous international winners of Skoll Award include Pratham, Teach for All, INJAZ Al-Arab, Barefoot College and Kashf Foundation. TCF is an internationally acclaimed, not-for-profit organisation, which was set up in 1995 by a group of Pakistani citizens. It is now one of the country’s leading organisations in the field of formal education for less privileged children. As of now, TCF has established 830 purpose-built school units in rural areas and urban slums with an enrollment of 115,000 students who are studying on a pay-as-you-can-afford basis, it said. The vision of TCF is to remove barriers of class and privilege to make the citizens of Pakistan agents of positive change. The belief that access to basic education is the right of every individual and not a privilege is fundamental to TCF.