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The Citizens Foundation

The Citizens Foundation

Islamabad, Pakistan

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Description The Citizens Foundation is one of the largest privately owned network of low cost formal schools in Pakistan, operating a network of 1,441 school units, educating 204,000 students through 12,000 teachers and principals, with over 17,400 employees.IntroductionTCF is a professionally managed charitable organization that builds and runs schools primary and secondary education to boys and girls in rural areas and urban slums of Pakistan. The founders initially made five schools, and after managing them successfully they planned further expansion. Today, TCF has managed to spread their network of education all over the country. As of April 2017 TCF has expanded its network to 1441 operational school units, which provide education to 204,000 students. TCF aims to bring about an enduring positive change for the communities most in need through: quality education, enabling moral, spiritual and intellectual enlightenment and creating opportunities to improve quality of life.In TCF schools a balanced gender ratio is maintained; close to 50% of students are female, while in many families female education is not encouraged. In order to achieve this goal female staff and teachers were hired to make parents comfortable with the idea of sending their girls to TCF schools. Each school hires support staff from within the community who convince the parents to send their children to school, especially girls.OriginOut of the population of 164,741,924 only 82,206,220 people are educated in Pakistan and 24% of the population are below the poverty line.Like other developing countries of the world Pakistan also faces the issues of population explosion, poverty, unemployment, income disparity and low literacy rate. In 1995, six successful top-level managers of Pakistan attempted to find a way to solve these problems, and the root cause identified by them was education. Within a few months The Citizens Foundation (TCF) was formed in Karachi.

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