TV stars join TCF pro­gram to en­able ed­u­ca­tion for all

The Financial Daily - - NATIONAL -

KARACHI: TV ac­tor Ha­reem Fa­rooq and Ahsan Khan vis­ited The Cit­i­zen Foun­da­tion's (TCF) Qayum­abad cam­pus and signed an agree­ment to be­come good­will am­bas­sadors. Both the celebri­ties showed their com­mit­ment to­wards TCF's mis­sion to pro­vide qual­ity ed­u­ca­tion for the less priv­i­leged. They will sup­port the on­go­ing ef­forts of TCF by cre­at­ing aware­ness for the need to cre­ate ed­u­ca­tion op­por­tu­ni­ties for all the chil­dren of Pak­istan re­gard­less of their caste, creed, re­li­gion or eth­nic­ity, says a Press re­lease.

On be­half of TCF, Is­fand­yar Inayat, GM Outreach signed the agree­ment and wel­comed Ha­reem and Ahsan on board for join­ing the TCF's ed­u­ca­tion move­ment. Ex­press­ing his thoughts, Is­fand­yar said, "We need to high- light the emer­gency for the need to ed­u­cate all chil­dren be­cause it is their ba­sic right. I am so grate­ful to Ahsan and Ha­reem for be­com­ing a part of the big TCF fam­ily and for gra­ciously agree­ing to help us in talk­ing about this very im­por­tant is­sue. I have no doubt that these ef­forts will help us in reach­ing out to many more out of school chil­dren."

Ed­u­ca­tion re­mains one of the big­gest so­cio- eco­nomic is­sues be­ing faced by Pak­istan. Cur­rently, there are more than 22.6 mil­lion out of school chil­dren. This makes Pak­istan the coun­try with sec­ond high­est num­ber of out of school chil­dren in Pak­istan. That's why we are fac­ing an ed­u­ca­tion emer­gency and all hands need to be on the deck to cre­ate the ca­pac­ity for pro­vid­ing ed­u­ca­tion for these out of school chil­dren. Statis­tics re­veal that 1/ 3rd of out- of- school chil­dren do not at­tend be­cause ed­u­ca­tion is too ex­pen­sive or the school is too far. The TCF school model was built to solve for these is­sues.

"Ed­u­ca­tion is the best gift that we can give to any child. I vis­ited a TCF school ear­lier this week and it was one of the most in­cred­i­ble days of my life. Af­ter wind­ing through a cou­ple of nar­row lanes of machar colony, we reached the pur­pose­built TCF school in the heart of the com­mu­nity. I have joined hands with TCF to sup­port their mis­sion to pro­vide qual­ity ed­u­ca­tion for the less priv­i­leged," said Ahsan af­ter sign­ing the agree­ment.

"Ed­u­ca­tion makes a child's uni­verse lim­it­less - so just imag­ine where Pak­istan can be if all our chil­dren are able to get this ba­sic civil right and shine bright?" said Ha­reem while shar­ing her thoughts.

The Economist has called The Cit­i­zens Foun­da­tion (TCF) ' per­haps the largest net­work of in­de­pen­dently run schools in the world.' TCF has nearly 1,500 school units in 700 sites across Pak­istan where chil­dren were pre­vi­ously out- of- school. TCF has built schools in the heart of ru­ral com­mu­ni­ties and ur­ban slums so schools are a walk­ing dis­tance away from the chil­dren. The Foun­da­tion is the largest pri­vate em­ployer of women in Pak­istan with an all-fe­male fac­ulty of 12,000 teach­ers and prin­ci­pals, en­cour­ag­ing par­ents to send their girls to school. TCF has 220,000 stu­dents this year. Nearly half (48%) of TCF stu­dents are girls. Eightyeight per­cent of TCF alumni have gone to col­lege and 71% are em­ployed.

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