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Project information

Providing Education to Pakistan's Poorest

TCF provides a life-changing education to underprivileged children in Pakistan, who would not have access to it otherwise.

April 2015 - April 2016

Charity information: The Citizens Foundation (UK)

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  • Need


    As you read this, 25 million Pakistani children are not in school. Pakistan is home to the second largest number of out-of-school, primary-age children. Stuck in a quagmire of growing social inequality and continued instability, more than half of the population is illiterate. This continues to have a devastating effect on life expectancy, social justice, intolerance, employment and poverty levels.


    TCF schools create access to quality education in urban and rural slum areas across Pakistan, Azad Jammu and Kashmir. TCF schools are built at the centre of these localities and community involvement is inculcated from the start. Having a long term impact, our curriculum is designed to help communities affected by intergenerational cycles poverty. All of our schools are open to every child regardless of gender, ethnicity or religion.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    TCF believe all children have a right to education and so our aim is to make this a reality.


    » Creating access to quality education, TCF build schools in the centre of urban and rural slum areas and work closely with deprived communities.
    » TCF schools maintain a strict non-discrimination policy and principals engage in outreach work to increase enrolment, especially of girls.
    » Countering the pattern of 'poor schools for poor children', TCF provide high quality education, ensured through extensive teacher training.
    » TCF has established a cost-effective model which enables us to have means-tested fees and scholarships for the poorest families.

    What success will look like

    Many of these children are the first in their families to attend school & their daily achievements are how we measure the success in achieving our aims.

  • Impact


    Without TCF schools, many of these children would not have access to education. This opportunity is truly life-changing and for many it will change the course of their future, enabling them to break the cycle of poverty.

    TCF support children beyond school through mentorship, career counselling, scholarships for further education and vocational training. Also, over 260 alumni have now returned to give back and teach in TCF schools, representing one of TCF's most important legacies.


    TCF schools operate in very diverse contexts. For example, parts of Pakistan are affected by conflict. TCF address this by working closely with communities and therefore our schools have always been supported.

    Dr Marie Lall, University of London, highlighted: “Breaking social barriers takes time, often a generation or more. However, in the areas where TCF schools had been established for around a decade, many of the issues that divide communities were either reduced or totally absent".


    TCF always provide annual reports to donors. These reports illustrate the impact of their support and cover details like:

    -student enrolment
    -female enrolment
    -number of teachers employed
    -community projects
    -stories and achievements of students
    -socio-economic context of the area

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £11,976

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      Amount Heading Description
      £2,076 school staff, HR Academics salaries, benefits, training & evaluation
      £2,076 school staff, HR Academics salaries, benefits, training & evaluation
      £2,076 school staff, HR Academics salaries, benefits, training & evaluation
      £1,317 School Supplies including printing & stationary
      £838 Vehicle Fuel & Maintenance
      £719 Building & Utilities Maintenance, Repairs, Electricity, Gas, Water
      £958 Other Education/Finance Audit, Field Monitoring, Admin expense
      £958 Asset Replacement Costs n/a
      £958 Head Office Planning & Management
  • Background


    Khyber Paktunkhwa (KPK), where this TCF Primrose Hill Campus is situated, is one of the provinces of Pakistan. Research undertaken by Alif Ailaan (2014) suggested that around 2,460,000 children are out of school. The province also has the largest disparity in providing equal opportunities for girls in the country. Bordering Afghanistan, people suffer due to conflict and its consequences. The region has also been badly effected by natural disasters such as floods and earthquakes.


    TCF Primrose Hill Campus is a secondary school in Shaidu, Nowshera, KPK. This school provides education to 137 girls. It also provides jobs to 7 women that make up the teaching faculty and 5 other members of staff. Furthermore, the school runs TCF's Female Adult Literacy Programme, which has enabled 18 underprivileged women to attain life-changing numerical and literacy skills.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    The horrific attacks on a school in Peshawar in December 2014 were felt across the globe. It has never been more important to support local organisations. Now the largest network in the country, TCF has been providing education for deprived communities since 1995, with the aim of effecting wide-scale, positive change in Pakistan's education landscape. Known for working closely with communities, TCF has always been a well-positioned organisation to achieve long lasting change.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Head Teacher

    To reflect the diversity of the communities in which we work, the head teachers have a large amount of responsibility.

    Regional Office

    As Pakistan is a very diverse, large country, we have regional offices to bridge the gap between head office and our schools.

    Head Office - Karachi

    Our Head Office is responsible for monitoring and maintaining all levels of TCF's work.

    The Citizens Foundation (UK)

    Keeping contact with Head Office, we will report back to donors on the impact of their support.