Building the Ladder to Success

By Tehmina Qureshi

Under the Alumni Development Programme, TCF alumni are teaming up with spirited volunteers to create unprecedented opportunities for the TCF students following in their footsteps. In doing so, they demonstrate the promise and possibilities of the TCF movement.

More often than not, the road to success depends on knowing …Read More

A Bountiful Harvest

By Zia Akhter Abbas

Like ancient ruins re-inhabited by its erstwhile settlers, awakened from their slumber, the Government Primary School in Theh Rosa is abuzz with the sounds of excited children and teachers intent on making up for lost time.

Deep in the heart of Tehsil Kot Radha Kishan, District Kasur, …Read More

Message from the CEO

‘This was a year of consolidation for TCF, after taking over the operations of 271 Government Schools last year over just 5 months. As our school network is growing year by year, our focus remains on continuous improvement and innovation to provide the best quality education that we can to …Read More

Directors’ Report

At TCF, we firmly believe transparency is a key ingredient in maximising our impact because it strengthens relationships with supporters and leads to more opportunities for collaboration.

The Directors of The Citizens Foundation have the pleasure of submitting their Report with the Financial Statements of the Foundation for the year ended …Read More

Review Report by the Chairman

‘TCF is driven to implement good governance practices. As the Chairman of the Board, I want to ensure that the organisation is being managed effectively, in a way that helps it to achieve its objectives whilst also safeguarding the integrity of the organisation and the interests of its stakeholders.’
It gives …Read More

Breaking the Socioeconomic Divide through Education

by Usman Mujtaba

TCF Alumni Development Programme (ADP) is a volunteer programme initiated in 2014 by TCF alumni and other students enrolled at some of Pakistan’s best colleges and universities. They wanted to help other TCF graduates get admission into the top universities in Pakistan, particularly by helping them prepare for …Read More

Mufti Ibrahim Essa is a renowned and trusted Shariah Advisor to many premier institutions. Over the course of 11 years, he completed a ‘Dars-e-Nizami’ course followed by a degree in ‘Takhassus-fil-Iftah’, from Dar-ul-Uloom, Karachi, where he studied under the supervision of well-known scholars such as Mufti M. Taqi Usmani and …Read More

TCF is indeed, a citizens’ movement. What started 22 years ago with five schools established by TCF’s Founders, has evolved into a global tide of hope, resolve and collective action.

Today, TCF’s alumni are at some of the best institutions of higher education (LUMS, IBA, FAST, Dow, Habib Univ., NED, United …Read More

Inspiring Hope through Education!

TCF recently held events across Karachi, Lahore and Dubai to celebrate the achievements of its outstanding alumni.  Witnessing the full scale of the impact of education takes time and patience. Today, the TCF family is overcome with overwhelming pride to see most of our alumni pass out with flying colours …Read More

Celebrating the mission of TCF!

Supporting worthy causes is not without its own challenges, helping the deserving and needy is harder than it may appear, and good intentions are rarely enough. Impactful philanthropy is rewarding but simultaneously challenging. In my view there are few causes that are as meaningful as supporting quality education in a …Read More

TCF’s Zakat Management process is certified to be Shariah compliant

The following is an excerpt from the interview conducted with Mufti Ibrahim Essa, Shariah advisor for The Citizens Foundation. Mufti Essa completed an 8-year ‘Dars-e-Nizami’ course followed by a 3 year degree in ‘Takhassus-fil-Iftah’, from Dar-ul-Uloom, Karachi, one of Pakistan’s premier institutions for religious training. Having studied under the supervision …Read More

TCF College – The Bridge to Tertiary Education

TCF’s first college in Karachi with a capacity of 400 students, commenced operations this year. The College is part of TCF’s response to the significant challenges TCF alumni face after their Matriculation. With virtually no classes being conducted even at well-regarded government colleges in Karachi, most students at these institutions …Read More

April 2016: Schools opened to a new Chapter in TCF’s History

Having crossed the 1000 school units milestone, TCF has now launched its Government Schools Programme (GSP) to enter into Public Private Partnership (PPP) with the provincial governments in order to realise its goal for further expansion and outreach. TCF intends to utilise its experience and professional expertise to effectively manage the adopted …Read More

Beautiful Schools for Beautiful Children

Open sewers and lines of garbage clutter around the broken road. Barefoot children play in dirty puddles along with buzzing flies and tired-looking dogs. The houses are small, makeshift, with narrow doorframes and no doors. This isn’t a picture limited to one location – there are hundreds of thousands of …Read More

Bank a Book for TCF children with Coca-Cola

Karachi Literature Festival (KLF) is around the corner and the city is buzzing with excitement. Over the years, the Festival has established its popularity amongst the Karachi crowds and has become an event not to miss. Apart from promoting literature, an important aspect of intellectual growth, here’s one more reason …Read More

This Father-son Duo inspired over $3.1m in Donations

The following article has originally been published on and was contributed by their staff writer Erik Ortiz with the help of Amjad Noorani and David Gardner (of TCF-USA) as a final tribute to the father-son duo who sacrificed their lives in a journey to raise funds for the education of …Read More

This is Something Every Girl Needs!

The following post has been submitted by a TCF volunteer, Durraiz Vazeer, in recognition of the International Day of Girl Child. Durraiz is currently completing his BSc in Economics, Politics and Philosophy from the University of Wisconsin in Canada. 

International Day of the Girl Child, a globally recognised day declared by …Read More

Education Will Make Pakistan’s Youth an Asset

This post originally appeared in the HuffingtonPost written by Los-Angeles based freelance journalist David Gardner for The Citizens Foundation

Imagine sending your children to school and there are no teachers.

You might go to the principal’s office to see what’s going on and to ask when the staff is likely to return. …Read More

Let’s Fix Pakistan’s Broken Education System

Pakistan faces a multitude of serious challenges, many of them connected to the lack of a viable education system for its poor masses. Widespread illiteracy and dismal pedagogical standards are overwhelming problems.

Well-meaning but largely symbolic actions – such as a recent constitutional amendment which mandates free primary and secondary education, …Read More