The Citizens Foundation Canada (TCF) believes that access to basic education is the right of each individual and not a privilege. Its raison d'Ítre is driven by a twin mission: To educate girls and boys (regardless of their religion or ethnicity) who would otherwise 'slip between the cracks' in Pakistan's class-based and fragmented education system, and, EMPOWER power women across Pakistan (by offering them safe employment opportunities) so that they can effect change in their communities.
TCF runs the largest network of schooling system in Pakistan and takes pride in being Pakistan's largest privately funded charity in the education sector assisting over 145,000 youth residing in the country's most impoverished communities, attain quality education in its 1,000 secular schools. It also boasts of a 50:50 male to female student ratio and an all-female faculty of 6,700 teachers and principals! TCF has been recognized by esteemed organizations worldwide, such as the Clinton Global Initiative, WISE Qatar, SKOLL Foundation, for setting the standards in reforming the education sector in Pakistan and is the closest proxy to what the government could be doing had proper systems been in place for a literate Pakistan!
Not just content with providing educations to under privileged children, TCF has introduced revolutionary initiatives such as teaching the female parents and grandparents of children basic reading and math skills during a three-month special course. This initiative has enhanced self-confidence in women who attend the course and made them more supportive of their children's education. Another initiative is the Mentorship program aimed at children studying at TCF schools. The mentors are volunteers who come from all walks of life — established professionals from corporate sectors, accountants, doctors, engineers, lawyers, teachers, etc. A group of 5 to 7 students is assigned to a pair of mentors for seven Saturdays. During this period the mentors provide information on various career choices available to students after completion of school studies and how to prepare themselves to succeed in the career of their choice.
TCF schools are located from Karachi to Khyber in over hundred cities, towns, and villages. TCF is constantly striving to increase its reach and to bring in more and more education-deprived locations within its network. Each location is carefully chosen with an extensive assessment of demographics, income level, existing schools in the area and availability of teachers.
The Canadian chapter of TCF is an all-volunteer organization, recognized by the Government of Canada as a charity (Registered Charity Number: 844142273RR0001). All donations to TCF Canada are eligible for Canadian tax credit. Both TCF Pakistan an Canada are independently audited by KPMG LLP, and statements for the past five years are available on the respective websites www.tcfcanada.org and www.tcf.org.pk.