About Us

Who are TCF-UK?

TCF-UK is a fundraising branch of the leading Pakistani education charity, The Citizens Foundation (TCF). We are one of four international chapters, including USA, Canada and UAE.

TCF-UK raises funds for the construction and on-going support of TCF schools, contributing approximately 10% of TCF Pakistan’s total budget. Funds are raised from generous individuals, corporates, matched giving schemes, events and Trusts and Foundations.

TCF-UK was incorporated and registered as a charity in 2001 (England & Wales: 1087864). TCF-UK’s accounts are audited annually and submitted to Companies House (Company number: 4075959). We are committed to: financial transparency, accountability and minimising administration costs. All our work is done in accordance with the guidelines of the Charities Commission of England and Wales and the UK Companies law in respect to our financial reporting’.

The number of schools built by UK donors is 42 of which 18 now run an afternoon shift.

What does TCF do?

TCF is Pakistan’s leading education charity with a nationwide presence in over 57 districts across Pakistan, with 1,202 school units teaching over 175,000 underprivileged children – 46% girls – regardless of ethnicity, gender, caste or religion. TCF schools are built in deprived areas, urban slums and poor rural villages where the need is most dire and where most children would otherwise not receive an education.

Open to All Children

TCF schools are open to all children regardless of religion, ethnicity or the family’s ability to pay. Tolerance for all faiths and ethnicity are strongly inculcated in all students with encouragement to be open-minded, peace-loving and socially responsible members of society.

National Presence

This year we enrolled 10,000 additional children, and employed 1,200 more teachers.

Province School Units % of Schools
Sindh 586 49%
Punjab 472 39%
Baluchistan 72 6.1%
Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (former NWFP) 63 5.2%
Azad Jammu & Kashmir (AJK) 9 0.7%
Total TCF School Units, April 2015 1,202 100%

Professional Management

TCF is professionally managed by a team of highly skilled managers and staff employed on a full-time basis. We have 10,100 teachers in an all-female faculty.

Financial Assistance

Financial aid of up to 95% of the tuition and fees is provided to needy students. Many students pay as little as Rs. 10 (about 7 pence) per month. Books and uniforms are provided at easy instalments, or distributed free to those who cannot afford them.

Co-education System

TCF schools are often unique in offering a co-education schooling environment. Female enrolment in TCF schools is close to 50%, a remarkable achievement when compared to the national literacy averages amongst women in Pakistan. Many of the female graduates from TCF schools are the first young women to be educated in their families.

Comprehensive & Dynamic Curriculum

To maintain national accreditation, TCF schools follow a curriculum in line with the prescribed syllabus. However, the curriculum is enhanced, reviewed and regularly updated to be at par with modern-day education. Effectiveness of teaching methods is also evaluated through regular school visits, inspections and assessments to ensure delivery of high quality of education at all TCF schools.

Teacher Training Program

All teachers are required to undergo 120 hours of pre-service training. Additionally, all teachers receive 80 hours of professional development every year.

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