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The Citizens Foundation Pays Tribute To The Teachers At 14th Annual TCF Awards

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The Citizens Foundation (TCF) held the final 14th Annual Awards ceremony to honor the year-long achievements and performance of its teachers and principals. Various award ceremonies were held in the major cities of Pakistan, with the final awards ceremony in Karachi. More than 2,000 teachers and principals of Karachi and interior Sindh along with the head office staff and senior management participated the event. The awards were presented by the CEO and other senior management to the teachers with the best competency this year.

The awards were presented to teachers for extraordinary performance this year in the following categories:

  1. Service and Attendance awards
  2. Teacher Competency awards
  3. Whole School Index (WSI) Awards – Performance on overall school KPIs
  4. Board / Matric awards

Awards were also presented to the students with exceptional performance in the matric board exams.

TCF is the largest private employer of women in the private sector with more than 12,000 female teachers and principals throughout the country-wide network of 1,482 school units in Pakistan, from Karachi to Kashmir. These teachers and principals are an integral part of TCF’s education movement who strive to provide quality education to more than 200,000 students every day, nurturing them become agents of positive change. These teachers take the journey of enlightenment every day to TCF schools in remotest areas, making quality education possible for the children in these less privileged communities.

“A good teacher can build a future of a child and change his/ her life forever. A good principal can run a school with discipline and empathy, guiding the teachers and students in the right direction. The success of TCF is, to a very extent, due to our teachers. All the principals and teachers are personally invested in the intellectuals, moral and spiritual development of their students. They take ownership of their students and nurture them as their own children. The improving results of our students and their success in professional life is a testament of the dedication of our teachers,” said CEO & President of TCF Syed Asaad Ayub Ahmad.

TCF understands that specialized principals’ and teachers’ training is a prerequisite for imparting quality education in all its schools. While teachers have a direct impact on students in classrooms, principals affect all students in the school. Our training team, therefore, aligns an extensive teacher and principal training programme every year. For teachers, the modules are designed based on their training needs assessment ranging from Classroom Management to Motivating Learners to Usage of Visual Aids. Principals on the other hand receive training for effective school leadership. Their training includes courses like Communication Skills, Conflict Management, Delegation, Prioritizing and Taking Action. The objective is to produce and sustain a positive learning environment that generates strong learning outcomes in classrooms, ensuring students’ academic success. For more engaged learning, TCF has also rolled out e-Learning AV rooms at different school locations. Teachers have been trained to utilize these AV rooms for their training and also to teach students in a more interactive.

TCF believes that good teachers are its greatest asset and will continue to invest in them for the best education outcomes. Teachers at TCF, with their ambition and commitment, enable the children to learn and understand this curriculum based on the learning needs of the children who represent different ethnic backgrounds.

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Khaadi celebrates 20th Anniversary by opening its 45th store in Pakistan!

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Pakistan’s premier fashion retail brand Khaadi opened its 45th store at Com 3, Bilalwal Chowrangi 20 years to the day it first opened its doors at Zamzama.

CEO Shamoon Sultan and Khaadi’s management were present to welcome customers. “This is what Khaadi does. For twenty years we create a market for our clothes and a unique and customized retail experience to complement them. We celebrated with our employees and now, Khaadi says thank you to its customers by giving them a new store”

 The store at COM 3 is Khaadi’s 8th flagship store and covers over 18,000 square feet of retail space, offering customers unstitched, ready to wear, home and kids. The store features escalators and a stunning installation artist Sohail Abdullah; a part of Khaadi’s philosophy to showcase Pakistani artists and craft.

The company is celebrating “20 years of a vibrant you” at their Head office, Pakistani and international stores. Khaadi’s inspiration is global ethnic fusion and it takes pride that its clothes offer something for every woman. Speaking about the campaign Khaadi’s Director Corporate Communication said “Wearing Khaadi makes you feel vibrant, confident, comfortable and classy. We believe you should never stop discovering who they are and we enable you to feel you are.”

 Khaadi’s first store opened on 13th December 1998 and grew from a 400 square foot space to over 550,000 square feet in two decades. The company employees 1125 employees in Pakistan and 195 employees in the UAE, UK and Qatar.

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‘Beauty Meets Fitness’- a unique bloggers meet-up by celebrity makeup artist and stylist Mona

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An interactive and informative bloggers meet-and-greet session, ‘beauty meets fitness’ was arranged by makeup and beauty guru, Mona Jamal, popularly known as Mona J earlier today here at her salon premises.

Mona J looking absolutely stunning, welcomed guests and high-profile beauty bloggers. She began by briefly introducing herself and her work and followed it by welcoming yoga instructor, Hasan, who took centre-stage to educate bloggers about the co-relation between fitness and beauty.

Next, he conducted a therapy session and discussed and demonstrated facial massage techniques. Mona then shared her expertise with regard to makeup, skincare, fitness, and tips for generally looking good. An interactive Q & A session followed with bloggers interacting with Hasan and Mona.

The evening came to an end with refreshments by Nowhey yoghurt and special giveaways by J. given to the attendees as a token of appreciation.

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3 Bahadur: Rise of the Warriors all set to release on 14th December 2018 across the country!

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Waadi Animations is all set to release the finale of Pakistan’s first animated full-length super hero film franchise, 3 Bahadur: Rise of the Warriors! With high quality animation and detailing, crowd simulation, top of the line VFX tools, approximately over 5000 hours of animated production by over 30 animators, this is indeed the biggest animated production by Waadi Productions.

With Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy at the helm as the Creative Director, the 3 Bahadur Trilogy has set new industry standards for animated fiction and content geared towards children in the country and its third installment, 3 Bahadur: Rise of the Warriors aims to empower and motivate today’s youth through dynamic 3D animation and an engaging story telling format. An epic story of friendship, teamwork and courage, 3 Bahadur: Rise of the Warriors chronicles the journey of three unlikely superheroes Amna, Saadi and Kamil who have indeed become household names in Pakistan. Indeed, the animated film aims to inspire the next generation to realize that they too hold the power to change the future of Pakistan.

For the finale, Waadi Animations introduces two new super heroes: Mehwish Hayat as Erma and Nimra Bucha as Babushka. Voice-actors Zuhab Khan returns as Saadi and Arisha Razi as Amna with Bashar Amir Shafi joining the cast as Kamil. 3 Bahadur: Rise of the Warriors also features a star-studded cast of Behroze Sabsvari as Deenu Chacha, Fahad Mustafa as Amna’s father, Sarwat Gillani as Saadi’s mother, Khalid Malik as Kamil’s Father, Faheem Khan as Gunchu and Mustafa Changezi as Tony to bring life to the larger than life animated characters.

Waadi Animations also launched a brand new campaign, ‘Apka Bahadur Kaun hai’, nationwide to encourage Pakistanis to highlight all of the Bahadurs they see around them in their family, communities and schools.

Speaking about the campaign, Academy Award Winning Film Director Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy said, “The concept behind 3 Bahadur trilogy was bigger than just being a film, it was about creating a movement to recognize and elevate Pakistan’s youth that is committed to creating a better tomorrow. Through this campaign which will run on radio, television, social media, the team behind 3 Bahadur will be starting a nationwide dialogue about how each child has a special super power and how they just by being truthful, compassionate speaking out against bullying – they can change things around them. As we turn a new chapter in this country’s history, I want to reignite passion and belief in children that they all are Pakistani super heroes. We hope the ‘Ap ka Bahadur kaun hai’ Campaign will excite children and their parents. Look forward to hearing Bahadur stories from all over Pakistan.”

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Leading Stars join TCF Ambassador Program to enable Education for all

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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.

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 highlight 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 purpose-built 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. Eighty-eight percent of TCF alumni have gone to college and 71% are employed.

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Cinepax Join hand with SOS village

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Cinepax Limited, Pakistan’s leading family entertainment company is proud to join hands with SOS Children’s Villages Pakistan. The CEO of Cinepax, Ms. Maryam El Bacha and the National Director of SOS Children’s Villages Pakistan, Ms. Saba Faisal signed a memorandum of understanding.

The MOU will help to promote the work of SOS for the abandoned children. Ms. Saba Faisal welcomed this collaboration and observed that this relationship would help augment the social outreach and strengthen their donor base and supporters.

Cinepax is honoured to support the cause which fuels SOS effort. Every donation made or every minute spared will help in making a difference in the lives of millions of children from the marginalised communities across Pakistan. With the challenges nationally and internationally, there is no way at all that one sector alone can do it. When you get it together, you get incredible results.

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MNR x RanveerSingh

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Bollywood’s heartthrob, the very charming ‘Ranveer Singh aka Baji Rao’, shares his experience wearing the exclusive designs at Filmfare awards. Wardrobe courtesy is by the stupendously talented Pakistani Fashion Designer, ‘Mohsin Naveed Ranjha’ who is well-known for his fascinating yet bespoke clothing line. Ranging from intricately crafted formal wear to enchantingly gorgeous traditional wear.

Ranveer talks about how amazing the designs were, by saying that MNR actually “Smashed the looks!” and how perfectly the outfits complimented his style statement. Keeping the Indian diva’s bold yet classy looks aligned – MNR once again takes the lead in styling fashion icons around the globe!

When asked about his experience working with Ranveer Singh, MNR stated, “I consider myself lucky to do all of this, I am a huge fan of him. Me and my whole design team was very excited for this project. We shared mood boards, story boards and all sketches with Ranveer and his team.”

Talking about Ranveer Singh’s personality, he added, “Ranveer is an amazing human in person, if we forget for a while that he is a Bollywood sensation and get into some random chat with him – he’ll make the moment worth the while. A fantastic guy, loved working for him!”

 

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Alkaram Launched its 43rd store in Lahore with Ayeza Khan!

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Alkaram studio is known for its exceptional quality and eclectic designs. Last month alkaram studio launched its 4th store in Lahore off MM Alam Road. After this tremendous success, the brand announced the launch of its first flagship store in Lahore, located in DHA Block Y.

To pay gratitude to the Lahore residents for always giving the overwhelming response to the brand, Alkaram studio offered flat 20% discount over the weekend. The brand ambassador and the very talented Pakistani actress, Ayeza Khan who has been associated with the brand since the beginning of the year gave a warm welcome to all the people who stepped in. The event was graced by socialites, influencers and bloggers from Lahore.

Alkaram launched its first studio in 2011 after serving the industry for over 3 decades and is one of Pakistan’s exquisite and affordable clothing and lifestyle brands. From textures and clothing for Men, Women and Kids, to Home Textiles and home-product needs, Alkaram studio has been catering to all age groups and both genders with its distinctive line of offerings.

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The Citizens Foundation’s ‘Obhartay Sitaray’ Croone the Pakistani Melodies of Yester Years

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The Grand Finale of Obhartay Sitaray 2018, was a treat to the ears with the young, soulful voices echoing through the hall. In the new season of Obhartay Sitaray, more than 75,000 household from 138 school campuses in Karachi participated in the fundraising efforts while over 862 students (206 teams) competed in the school level singing rounds. For the Team’s Final, 134 singers and the Voices Final 150 singers from Primary, Secondary, Senior, & College levels participated in the competition.

Obhartay Sitaray is an annual inter-school singing competition that provides students a platform to prove their singing talent and also raise funds for education of the less-privileged children of TCF. The notable as well as veteran musicians that graced the event on the judges panel included Tina Sani, Afshan Ahmed, Salman Alvi, Shahid Hamid, Z H Fahim, Sultan Arshad Khan and Zoe Viccaji.

Speaking on the occasion, CEO of TCF, Syed Asaad Ayub Ahmad said, “TCF remains committed to the cause of education and believes in enabling a holistic learning for the less privileged children. Obhartay Sitaray provides a fantastic ground for the aspiring young singers. It is heartening to see TCF students and the students of the leading private schools of Karachi share the same stage; this is a true reflection of TCF’s mission of removing the barriers of class and privilege. We are humbled to have more schools as part of Obhartay Sitaray each year, this ever growing TCF family marks the victory of education over illiteracy and deprivation.”

‘Obhartay Sitaray’ which was initiated in 2012, has now become a signature event of TCF in the course of five years. It is managed by a ladies volunteer group called Supporters of The Citizens Foundation (STCF). The group actively puts in time, effort, expertise and resources to arrange a vast array of fundraising events to support the cause of an educated and enlightened Pakistan.

“We are grateful to all the schools that participated in Obhartay Sitaray competition this time around. The number of participating schools and students continues to grow in every competition and is a testament to the continuous success of the event. A big thank you to all the students for tirelessly raising funds for the TCF children just like them and giving them a chance to get education as well. Obhartay Sitaray has earned the spotlight by becoming a hotbed for future young musicians – some students from last year even got selected for the Coke Studio,” said Mrs. Biba Baseer, Project Lead.

The Citizens Foundation (TCF) is a professionally managed, non-profit organization set up in 1995 by a group of citizens who wanted to bring about positive social change through education. 23 years later, TCF is now one of Pakistan’s leading organizations in the field of education for the less privileged. The TCF model focuses on providing quality education through 1,482 purpose-built school units located in the heart of Pakistan’s urban slums and rural communities, educating more than 220,000 children. The organization ensures that girls represent nearly 50% of overall student enrollment.

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Allure by MHT Launched Its First Jewelry Store in Karachi

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Allure is a perfect haven for aesthetically-inclined women, who can bring their style language to life with fashion. They proudly launched the first Allure store in Karachi.

Allure by MHT makes hand crafted, aesthetically appealing pieces of jewelry that are sure to add style to anyone’s look by their elegance and simplicity.

Extremely well attended launch event for the store was attended by the who’s who of Karachi including fashion designers Umar Sayeed, Zainab Chottani & Saniya Maskatiya; television actors including Momal Sheikh, Ramsha Khan & Yashma Gill; and Karachi’s renowned personalities like Wardah Kadwani, Asad Tareen, Uzma Jamil Baig, Saira Sehgal, Huma Nasr to name a few.

Mehreen Tabani, C.E.O Allure shared her views, “I am very delighted to exhibit my collection for the people of Karachi, who have given me a tremendous welcome as they heard the news of my first store’s launch.”

Allure’s well-crafted and unique jewelry is sure to cast a spell over Karachiites.