Skoll Foundation


The Citizens Foundation

Skoll Awardee(s): Mushtaq Chhapra
Award Year: 2013
Issue Area(s) Addressed: Education

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 “If you need to change the destiny of a country, you need to fulfill the aspirations of every child.”

Sub-Issues: Early Childhood to Primary Education; Secondary Education; Women’s and Girls’ Education Four million children are born in Pakistan each year. Almost half of them never go to school.

The Skoll Awardee: Born into a middle-class family and educated in Karachi, Mushtaq K. Chhapra rose to senior roles in manufacturing companies and serves as a director or trustee of many leading companies. With four other businessmen concerned about the dismal state of Pakistan’s education system, and the “time bomb” created by millions of children on the streets and vulnerable to exploitation, drugs, and terror, he helped to found TCF, a private provider of education through community-based schools. TCF maintains a roughly 50:50 ratio of girls to boys, trains and hires only women as teachers and principals, builds safe and secure schools, and converts parents – who are often illiterate – into believers in education. Mushtaq’s business experience and national prominence have enabled him to influence donors and the government on behalf of TCF, serving as board chair and devoting the vast majority of his time to the foundation. At the time of the Award, TCF had established 900 schools in Pakistan, serving 115,000 students. It was a 2011 member of the Clinton Global Initiative and won the WISE Award through the Qatar Foundation in 2010.

Impact since joining the portfolio in 2013:

  • Currently providing low-cost formal education to 145,000 children enrolled in 1,000 schools in 100 locations across Pakistan (25-30 percent growth since Award).
  • Employs 7,700 female teachers and principals.
  • 92 percent pass rate at the matriculation level, compared with 56 percent national average.



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