Following the tragic massacre of 141 students of the Army Public School (APS) in Peshawar last year, TCF launched the ‘141 Schools for Peace’ initiative aimed at building 141 schools, each as a tribute to the innocent lives lost. A year down, TCF has successfully built 23 schools and is …Read More
Published in the Express Tribune
TCF’s Alumni Development Programme developed in tandem with the Institute of Business Adminstration (IBA) is aimed at providing students with opportunities to further their educational pursuits and achievements through enrolling in universities. The program focuses specifically on supporting TCF school graduates towards securing admission into post …Read More
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
Published in The Express Tribune
Year of the award: 2014 TCF was set up in 1995 to improve the dismal state of education in Pakistan. According to Asaad Ahmed, the CEO of TCF, “It is a great honour not only for our organization, but also for this country.” But he is …Read More
Originally published in The Express Tribune
By M Bilal Lakhani
“We live four to five kilometres from the Afghan border,” shares Zafar Ali. “I was born in 1997 in Khyber Agency (Fata) and spent my childhood there. My father is a truck driver. He doesn’t spend much time with us but he …Read More
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
Published in the Inter Press Service News Agency
By Zofeen Ebrahim
KARACHI, May 21 2015 (IPS) – Khalil Ahmed’s life story sounds like it could have come straight out of the plot of a Bollywood flick, but it didn’t. And that makes it all the more inspiring.
Residents of the sleepy town of …Read More
Mushtaq Chhapra is a Schwab Foundation 2015 Social Entrepreneur of the Year Awardee
Pakistan frequently makes headlines for the instability in its sociopolitical structure. Paradoxically, the country also has a major asset it can be proud of: a burgeoning population under the age of 15 comprising 35% of the country’s 180 …Read More
Published in the Qatar Airways In-Flight Magazine
In Pakistan alone, the literacy rate stands at a meagre 55 percent (UNESCO, 2014), constituting one of the lowest literacy rates in the world. TCF was founded in 1995, as a response to these rates, by a group of citizens determined to resolve the education …Read More
Launched in 1995, the Citizens Foundation (TCF) is a non-profit organization and aims to transform the dreary state of Pakistan’s education system. It has made its way up to becoming one of the country’s most prominent organizations in the field of education.
TCF has the honor of having opened 1,000 schools …Read More
KFC Pakistan under the “Mitao Bhook” umbrella, announced the third initiative with The Citizens Foundation (TCF) at a press conference held on 26th March, 2015. The event was held at the TCF School.
KFC in collaboration with The Citizens Foundation launched a campaign in which they introduced their TCF BUCKET. PKR …Read More
KARACHI: The Citizens Foundation (TCF) of Pakistan – an NGO in formal education – has been recognised for the Social Entrepreneur of the 2015 Year Award by the Schwab Foundation, Switzerland.
Schwab Foundation has selected thirty three outstanding social entrepreneurs in 2015 and TCF was one of among them. These social …Read More
Originally Published in The Opinion
By Mushtaq Chhapra
Sometimes, it’s more comfortable just to tune out bad news. The dripping tap of negativity in the media can eventually become so dehumanizing, it define a country like Pakistan in the eyes of the world, then something so terrible happens that you simply have …Read More
Originally published in Express Tribune
A day before the release, Zafar has penned an emotional letter, highlighting the importance of giving back to society:
For years, you have seen me sing, dance, act and perform to entertain you. My gratitude for your love, appreciation and admiration, can never be expressed through words.
Therefore …Read More
Originally Published in Dawn
By Shazia Hasan
He learned the piano at six, picked up the guitar at 16 and used the Internet to teach himself a bunch of other things. Now he makes a tabla and dholak out of his acoustic guitar while also playing with its strings, taps and …Read More
Published in The Guardian
By Madiha Qureshi
After Peshawar, Pakistan must not turn a blind eye to the connection between its ghost schools and the growth of radicalism in its most neglected regions.
Eight years ago, I briefly held what was perhaps the best job in Pakistan. I was the documenter of good …Read More
Published in The Express Tribune
Pakistan isn’t an extraordinary country. But Pakistan is a country brimming with extraordinary people. They are not perfect – yet therein lies their beauty. Extraordinary Pakistanis don’t wait for a perfect opportunity, a perfect personality or a perfect external landscape to make an impact.
This is the …Read More
The famous TCF – ‘The Citizens Foundation’. If we all could know how to make dreams a reality, we all can fly to great heights… But the world is designed differently. It is those very few who with their sheer commitment, determination and persistence in their efforts and despite all …Read More
By Erik Ortiz
When 17-year-old pilot Haris Suleman and his dad, Babar, charted their adventure around the world to set a record, their supporters never imagined it would end in heartbreak. The pair’s single-engine plane crashed after takeoff from an airport in American Samoa as they neared the last leg of …Read More