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Project information

Educating Pakistan's Out-of-school Children

To raise funds to cover approximately 3.7% of the 2017/18 budget for our ambitious Government Schools Programme (GSP). Last year TCF adopted 271 failed, dilapidated government schools in remote rural communities to provide thousands of out-of-school children with a good quality affordable education

April 2017 - March 2018

Charity information: The Citizens Foundation (UK)

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  • Need


    Pakistan is home to 22.6 million out-of-school children; the 2nd largest in the world. The public sector has failed to provide access to or quality education; up to 15% of government school teachers are absent on any given day. About 8% of existing schools are ‘non-functional’, 37% have no drinking water, 35% have no toilets, 33% have no boundary walls and 49% have no electricity. Worse still, a third of children who do enrol drop out in the first five years due to poor quality education.


    TCF's exemplary model to provide low cost quality education was ready to act as a springboard for the adoption of failed government schools. Within a span of 9 months enrolment has already increased by more than 170% and continues to increase. Independently assessed academic outcomes have exceeded our expectations helped in no small part by a key innovation: our implementation of a 2-month intensive remedial programme focused on literacy and maths.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Ensure that children from low income families can receive good quality affordable education.


    » TCF has implemented its successful affordable educational model and hired 1,727 new teachers in 2016/17 for these government run schools.

    What success will look like

    25,000 students are currently enrolled (47% are girls). TCF has already seen a 177% increase in enrolment with average enrolment having jumped from 36 to 100 children per school.

    Aim 2

    Create employment opportunities for educated girls and women to work as faculty or support staff


    » Educated local women have been hired as teaching faculty and support staff. 53% of the GSP budget is allocated towards salaries and training costs.

    What success will look like

    1,727 new female teachers were hired in 2016-17. This not only creates employment opportunities for women but also encourages female student enrolment.

  • Impact


    Since TCF adopted these schools student performance has improved by over 90% in internal test scores and 5.3% better than other government & private schools. Over 70% of TCF students continue to study in Class 11 & 12 versus the national average of 40%. TCF also runs local community initiatives such as adult female literacy centres, Aagahi, to improve literacy of adult women and vocational training centres for women to support them to set up small businesses to become financially independent.


    Resources remain the biggest challenge. Within 9 months TCF enrolled over 25,000 students. Despite the basic renovation done, GSP schools still only have 2-3 rooms with many classes still being conducted under tents to protect from the sun and rain. In Dec 2016, TCF decided against adopting more schools in order to limit current resource challenges. To manage operational challenges, TCF launched 2 new regional teams (growing from 4 to 6 teams) and 28 new managers & coordinators.


    We will report to donors through sending email updates on the progress of the campaign and set up meetings with major donors to discuss the impact of their donations. In addition, we will share successes of the campaign on TCF-UK social media channels.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £50,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £26,500 Salaries and Training Costs covering teacher salaries and benefits
      £17,500 School Operational Costs Covers for school supplies, repair & maintenance charges, school vehicle running costs, depreciation
      £6,000 Monitoring & Evaluation Costs for field monitoring & evaluation

    Current Funding / Pledges

    Source Amount
    Charitable Foundation £25,000 Guaranteed
    Charitable Foundation £30,000 Guaranteed
  • Background


    The project is located in Punjab, Pakistan and will contribute towards funding 254 poorly performing Government Schools in which we have enrolled almost 30,000 students. These schools have been adopted through the Punjab School Support Programme.


    The project will benefit children from low income families to enable them to receive a good quality, affordable education. It will also help create employment opportunities for educated girls and women to work as school faculty or support staff.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    TCF is Pakistan's largest education charity. Since its inception 22 years ago, TCF has successfully implemented a model to provide low cost, affordable education to the country's poorest, out-of-school children. Today it operates 1,441 schools across Pakistan making it the largest network of non-profit schools in the world and has educated 204,000 children with a near 50% female enrolment. TCF’s exemplary model makes it ideal to act as a springboard for the adoption of failed government schools

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Rahila Fatima Shakil

    Rahila (Senior Manager Strategic Development Unit) works as part of the SDU department, the brainchild behind the GSP.

    Zia Abbas

    As VP of Inputs Zia oversees the resource mobilisation, finance, marketing and IT departments and is involved in creating resources for the GSP.

    Riaz Kamlani

    As the VP of outcomes Riaz oversees all the educational outcomes as well as the teacher quality, hiring, retention of staff of the GSP.

    Tauseef Ul Islam

    Tauseef oversees the operations of all the 6 regions which include two administrative regions of GSP North and GSP Northwest that overlook the GSP.