KARACHI: The Citizens Foundation (TCF), Pakistan has won the prestigious Skoll Award, according to a statement on Friday.
The Skoll Foundation announced the winners of its 2013 Skoll Awards for Social Entrepreneurship (SASEs) on Thursday, it said. Chosen from hundreds of applicants, the award recognises a highly selective group of the world’s most promising social entrepreneurs.
While Skoll’s new awardees focus on different issues, they share what Skoll believes is key to accelerating large-scale change: an entrepreneurial approach, a proven innovation with demonstrated impact that can be scaled, focus on a pressing issue that is at an inflection point, and an ability to catalyse systems change, according to the statement.
Some of the previous international winners of Skoll Award include Pratham, Teach for All, INJAZ Al-Arab, Barefoot College and Kashf Foundation.
TCF is an internationally acclaimed, not-for-profit organisation, which was set up in 1995 by a group of Pakistani citizens. It is now one of the country’s leading organisations in the field of formal education for less privileged children.
That’s good news indeed. I am currently reading a book that tells the story of the Citizen Foundation and portrays the inspirational individuals behind the organisation’s creation. (Noyes Mass, Leslie: Back to Pakistan. A Fifty-Year Journey: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers inc. 2011). It’s courageous people like they who represent Pakistan for me.
The citizen foundation was in discussion over a cup of tea in 1995……….today after a short period of 17 years, TCF has an international standing and recognised as an outstanding initiative for youth development through education. We are proud and we pray for its growth.