KARACHI – Education Fund for Sindh (EFS) has signed a grant agreement of PKR 152.5 million with The Citizens Foundation (TCF) for enrollment of over 17,000 underprivileged children of two districts of Sindh, namely Karachi and Khairpur.
The grant has been provided with the support of the UK government’s Department for International Development (DFID) for providing primary education. The contract will be renewed annually.
EFS, is a not-for-profit company (a company set up under section 42 of the Companies Ordinance, 1984) which addresses the current education crisis in Pakistan. Under one of its programme “Intermediaries”, EFS in synergy with TCF have partnered to improve the quality of education and to meet growing infrastructure demands, especially in the most stricken areas of Karachi and Khairpur.
TCF is one of the largest privately owned networks of low cost formal education in the world: it is currently operating a network of 910 schools, across 97 towns and cities across Pakistan, with a presence in some of the most marginalized, low income and often conflict prone neighborhoods. TCF is working to remove barriers of class and privilege to make the citizens of Pakistan agents of positive change.
Reflecting on their alliance with TCF, Khawaja Adeel Aslam, CEO – EFS, said, “TCF is one of Pakistan’s leading not for profit organization in the field of education. It is an honor and a great opportunity to work with TCF for improving the state of education in Pakistan. It is our dream to provide quality education to out of school children and such strategic partnerships are valuable for achieving this shared objective.” He further elaborated on the programme, “Through this partnership our objective is to support 17,539 under privileged children in the academic year of 2013-2014. We have launched our programmes in a few districts of Sindh and hope to scale up gradually to include more districts. Good quality education is the right of every child and at EFS we are committed to mobilize the private sector to help improve both access and quality education and work alongside with the government to achieve 100% literacy.”
Speaking on the occasion, Syed Asaad Ayub Ahmad, President/CEO – TCF, said, “EFS is a valuable partner in Sindh in helping achieve TCF’s vision to create positive social change. With the second highest out of school population in the world and a fast growing young population, it is critical to accelerate progress and provide access to good quality education to the poor.”
For a country which is equipped with unmatched talent and a growing population of young people, such endeavor in the field of education is an encouraging sign for the country’s progress and prosperity.