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Impact on the system

Our hope for the system change rests with our Alumni.

The two years of teaching and working with key stakeholders of the education and related systems, the Fellowship prepares our Alumni to attain positions of leadership in and beyond education, working collectively to build a movement for educational equity across Pakistan.

Currently, 183 Alumni are lifelong champions for every child’s right to participate in quality education. 74% of Teach For Pakistan’s Alumni are working on expanding opportunities for children and improving the quality of life in under-served communities. 61% of the Alumni are working in the education sector in school leadership and administration, on education policy etc.  
Rewriting government textbooks, leading and supporting teacher recruitment reform, leading thriving schools, advising provincial policies, and developing EdTech solutions are some of the key areas our Alumni have been focusing on.

Ahmad’s

Pursuit to reform teacher recruitment in Sindh
 

Ahmad Jawad Asghar was part of Teach For Pakistan’s first cohort in 2011. After completing the Fellowship, in his work with the World Bank, Ahmad took upon the challenge to work on the issue that remains at the heart of the educational crisis in Pakistan: teacher recruitment.

Leading the initiative, Ahmad worked on improving the governance, accountability and administrative systems for teacher recruitment in Sindh.

Consequently, under this project, 16,800 new teachers were hired in Sindh through a merit-based recruitment process.

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Zain Maken

Reforming learning in Punjab’s 40,000 schools through the AEO Leadership Program

Feedback and support are extremely important for teachers to perform at their best.

Working as the Teaching & Learning Advisor at Mott Macdonald on the Third Punjab Education Sector Reform Project, Zain’s team has trained 3200 Assistant Education Officers (AEOs) to emerge as effective mentors and leaders for primary school teachers in 40,000 schools across Punjab.

In the project's first phase, Zain designed and conducted training for AEOs to understand the teaching practices effectively, so they can observe the classrooms and give feedback to the primary school teachers under their supervision. The training’s second part focused on equipping AEOs to conduct monthly Teacher Forum Meetings.

In the final phase of the project, to supplement and continue the learning and development of AEOs, Zain’s team developed a digital application where AEOs would be able to access extensive content related to the training.

Khurshid Sherani

Onward and upward through technology

Students attending government and low-fee private schools in Pakistan struggle when applying for higher education institutes nationally. Himself a student in 2013, and Khurshid identified and solved this problem by creating a Facebook group. In 2018, he was recruited as a Fellow in Teach For Pakistan’s first cohort in Islamabad. Through his experience and leadership journey, he realized the potential that this work held and brought volunteers on board to create PrepareHow, an open-resource website that provides free help, guidance and practice tests to prepare candidates to take high-stakes examinations. Securing seed funding and support from the National Incubation Center and GIKI, Khurshid officially launched PrepareHow in 2021. The initiative has helped over 31,000 students to prepare for entrance examinations for top higher education institutions across Pakistan. Khurshid hopes to make this initiative financially sustainable by working with career counseling departments in private schools, and colleges. However, the bulk of the resources will remain free for students.
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Zohra Nasir

Leaders are made

Zohra graduated from LUMS with a degree in Humanities/Social Sciences and joined the Teach For Pakistan Fellowship in 2012. She was placed in Govt Girls Primary school in Chanacer Goth, Karachi to teach English, Math, Science, and Social Studies to class 3., Zohra then went on to study Learning and Instruction as a Fulbright scholar at Vanderbilt University in the US, winning the Peabody Award for Outstanding Professional Promise. Upon her return to Pakistan, Zohra committed 4 years to The Citizens Foundation where she designed a novel new curriculum of early childhood education for its 1500 schools across Pakistan -- including 100+ original storybooks, toys, and training materials. Later, Zohra joined Durbeen, a non-profit working to improve public sector education in Sindh through better quality teachers. For the past two years, she has been working as a senior faculty member at a govt college adopted by Durbeen in Hussainabad, Karachi. The college aims to reform teacher education through international-standard training to produce graduates who serve in public sector schools.

A number of Alumni are leading transformational initiatives at The Citizens Foundation and designing and implementing programs benefiting children across the country.

Hina Mesiya

Leading the Out of School Children Program in Sindh

With 20+ million out-of-school children in Pakistan, our Alumni continue to work on programs addressing one of the core crises of education in Pakistan.

Working as the Head of Literacy and Lifeskills program at The Citizens Foundation, Hina is working on addressing the problem of out-of-school children in Sindh through an extensive, tailor-made literacy and life skills program.

Working closely with the community, in the first phase of the program, implemented in Badin and Thatta, considering the dire need 30 learning centres were opened across these districts.

In the second phase of the program, in 2021, additional 53 centers were opened and 1300 more children were enrolled .

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Azma Humayun

Leading academics at the TCF schools across Pakistan

2011 Alumna Azma is making her way in the education system to reduce inequity by helping The Citizens Foundation create research-driven, tailored and contextualized academic resources for their 1,331 Flagship schools across Pakistan.

Working as the Senior Manager-Academics, Azma is leading a team of talented and driven individuals to create curriculums, textbooks, audio-visual resources, and storybooks to help our children learn better. English is being approached as a foreign language with resources that students and teachers in our context can actually adopt. An innovative bi-lingual math curriculum is being developed, keeping students’ current and future language needs in mind.

Hammad Khalid

Back to school as a Teacher

Hammad has an MBA from IBA. Recruited in 2014, he was among Teach For Pakistan’s earliest young professionals. Hammad was placed at a Government Boys school in Ibrahim Hyderi, Karachi where he taught Math, Science, English, and Urdu to classes 3, 4 and 5. Following his Fellowship, Hammad worked in school leadership and briefly at the P&G. For the past 3+ years Hammad has been working at The Citizens Foundation where he led their system of colleges. Under his stewardship, the TCF Colleges program has grown into one of the best-performing college systems in the country. Hammad is living proof that interspersing professional and personal growth with social responsibility and a passion for justice and equality is a win-win formula for constant career development and broader societal change.

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Our Alumni take leadership positions at international organizations and work with provincial governments to bring about the change that our system needs.
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Mehjabeen Zameer

Leading Education Reforms in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa

Mehjabeen was part of Teach For Pakistan's first Fellowship cohort in 2011 in Karachi.

After leading the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) program supporting education provision for 55,000 marginalized children in urban slums and remote rural areas in the province of Sindh, Mehjabeen is currently working as an Education Advisor on a £283.2M program with the FCDO to lead the education sector reforms in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. She is working on strengthening the public education system by improving pedagogy in classrooms. This includes providing technical inputs on education policies, quality assured teaching and learning materials, monitoring results and ensuring that value for money is being achieved.