Karachi, October 02: Sindh Engro Coal Mining Company (SECMC) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with The Citizens Foundation (TCF) for the establishment of six primary and three secondary unit TCF schools in Thar. The schools will be located in SECMC’s Thar Block II and Islamkot Town with the project completion scheduled for year 2016-17.

The MoU was signed by Mr. Shamsuddin Shaikh, CEO SECMC and Mr. Mushtaq Chapra, Chairman TCF at a signing ceremony held in Karachi today.

Mr. Shamsuddin Shaikh while addressing the media said “SECMCconsiders that it is our responsibility to ensure the well-being of the communities that host us. The provision of schools in Thar Block II and Islamkotis a first step towards the social development of this long neglected region of Sindh and a realization of our vision to deploy inclusive businesses where our communities grow with us. Providing primary and secondary educationto the children of Thar will not only brighten their future but also allow them better socio-economic opportunities and make for a better & prosperous Sindh.”.

Speaking at the occasion Mr. Chappra, Chairman TCF said “The vision of TCF is to remove barriers of class and privilege and to make the citizens of Pakistan agents of positive change. We appreciate the generosity of SECMC, and I personally thank SECMC for taking this initiative.”

The Citizens Foundation is one of the very few voluntary organizations in Karachi, TCF is a professionally managed, non-profit organization set up in 1995 by a group of citizens concerned with the dismal state of education in Pakistan. It is now one of Pakistan’s leading organizations in the field of formal education. Currently, TCF has established 1000 purpose-built School Units nationwide with an enrolment of 145,000 students. TCF encourages female enrolment and strives to maintain a 50% female ratio in most of its campuses.