The Story of TCF

The Citizens Foundation – TCF is a professionally managed, non-profit organization set up in 1995 by a group of citizens concerned with the dismal state of education in Pakistan. It is now one of Pakistan’s leading organizations in the field of formal education.

The Economist has called The Citizens Foundation (TCF) “perhaps the largest network of independently run schools in the world.” As of 2018, TCF has nearly 1,500 schools in 700 sites across Pakistan. The foundation is the largest private employer of women in Pakistan, with an all-female faculty of 12,000 teachers and principals. TCF has 220,000 students this year, with a 50% female ratio in most of its campuses. Eighty-eight percent of TCF alumni have gone to college and 71% are employed

TCF’s values and method

The vision of TCF is to remove barriers of class and privilege and to make the citizens of Pakistan Agents of Positive Change. We believe that access to basic education is the right of each individual and not a privilege. Apart from following the regular curriculum, we focus on the character building of students to equip them with high moral values and confidence.

To achieve these goals, TCF is constantly surveying education-deprived locations in Pakistan to extend its network. Each new location is appraised through an extensive land survey, assessment of income level, number and standard of existing schools in the area, demand for new school units, availability of an accessible site to build a school, qualified teachers in the area and a number of other criteria.

TCF is registered in Pakistan as a company limited by guarantee under Section 42 of the Companies Ordinance, 1984 and its accounts are audited by KPMG Taseer Hadi and Co. TCF is ranked amongst the top scoring organizations certified by the Pakistan Centre for Philanthropy (PCP) and has received high non-profit organization (NPO) governance rating of GR8+ by JCR-VIS Credit Rating Co Ltd.