Pakistan is home to the most frenetic education reforms in the world

Published in The Economist
EVERY three months, Shahbaz Sharif, the chief minister of Punjab, gathers education officials around a large rectangular table. The biggest of Pakistan’s four provinces, larger in terms of population (110m) than all but 11 countries, Punjab is reforming its schools at a pace rarely seen anywhere in …Read More

TCF honors its 12,000 strong female faculty at Annual Teachers Awards 2017

Karachi, December 06, 2017: The Citizens Foundation (TCF), Pakistan’s leading education sector not-for-profit organization held its annual Teachers’ Awards ceremony to recognize and encourage the dedication of its teachers and principals. After multiple award ceremonies held in the major cities of Pakistan, the final awards ceremony concluded here in Karachi. …Read More

From darkness comes darkness

Published in The Express Tribune

By Chris Cork

March 10th, 2016; The wonderful, and not so wonderful, world of education in Pakistan has never ceased to both amaze and appall me. The work of The Citizens Foundation (TCF) and the groundbreaking efforts of DeafReach are positively inspiring. Likewise the tiny St Sarah …Read More

Extraordinary Pakistanis: Nadeem Hussain

Originally published in The Express Tribune

This is a moving story about a young man from a katchi abadi in Karachi, who graduated from IBA, Karachi despite his father working as a mazdoor in a wire factory for 35 years. Today, Nadeem Hussain works as a World Bank Technical Assistant to …Read More

Young artists receive awards at TCF Art-a-Thon 2016

Published in Dawn

ISLAMABAD, March 4, 2016: The Art-a-Thon 2016 award ceremony was hosted on Wednesday by the Satrang Gallery and Islamabad Serena Hotel. The competition is a city-wide art competition that raises funds for The Citizen’s Foundation (TCF).

TCF is a non-profit organisation that provides education to underprivileged children. Incorporated in …Read More

TCF the only NGO to represent Pakistan in World Economic Forum 2016

Karachi, January 22, 2016: Chairman and Founding Director of The Citizens Foundation (TCF), Mr. Mushtaq Chhapra is currently attending the 46th Annual Meeting of the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos-Klosters, Switzerland. Earlier last year, TCF was honored with the prestigious Schwab Foundation Social Entrepreneur of the Year 2015 award …Read More

TCF’s Students are its Brand Ambassadors

Originally Published in Slogan

Chairman of TCF Mushtaq K. Chhapra, in conversation with Ayesha Hoda.

What factors led to the establishment of The Citizens Foundation (TCF)?

Back in 1995, the socio-economic and security situation in Pakistan was very bleak. We – the six founding directors of TCF – kept discussing what we …Read More

Young Stars Shine at TCF’s Singing Competition

Originally published in Dawn Images

By Yumna Rafi

In the early hours of Saturday, the Crystal Ballroom at Marriott reverberated with melodies that seemed to hit all the right notes.

The orchestra shifted its rhythm as the tunes changed every two minutes and a new voice took center stage.

As the crowd swayed to …Read More

Pakistani Paradox

Originally published in Dawn.

By Irfan Husain

PAKISTAN is a country of paradoxes: while we rank 105th in terms of Gross National Income (GNI), we are placed fourth in the world for the amount we give to charity as a percentage of our per capita income.

As a result, some 45,000 not-for-profit …Read More