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The Citizens Foundation

Building and managing schools in poor rural and urban areas
Name of the Organization: 
The Citizens Foundation
Geographical Reach: 
Number of beneficiaries: 
102 000
Project Holder: 
Mr. Mushtaq CHHAPRA

The Citizens Foundation

About the Project

The Citizens Foundation (TCF) is one of the largest non-profit organisations in Pakistan in the field of education. Since it was founded in 1995, it has run a professionally managed network of 830 purpose-built schools in the poorest rural areas and most neglected urban slums of Pakistan. TCF’s mission is to promote mass-scale quality education at the primary and secondary levels in an environment that encourages intellectual, moral and spiritual growth. TCF’s long-term goal is to build 1,000 schools in Pakistan.

The TCF model is based on the principle that education for the poor should not be poor. TCF schools are equipped with spacious and fully furnished classrooms, an administrative block, a play area, a library, computer labs, science labs, an art room and all essential facilities for a stimulating learning environment. The schools can be reached by walking. To ensure the self-esteem of students, they are required to pay only what they can afford, and to encourage the education of girls, all teachers are female. Transportation is provided for the trained faculty members. TCF alumni are provided with guidance and scholarships to help them pursue higher education.

TCF encourages female enrollment and strives to maintain a 50% female ratio in most of its campuses. The programme has created more than 8,800 jobs, including 4,800 positions for female faculty members, and has a volunteer force of over 1,000. Every year, TCF, which has received the highest rating by the Pakistan Centre for Philanthropy, holds teacher-training courses.

TCF would like to create a franchise model that could be replicated by like-minded groups.

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