(August 2014 - August 2015)
Pakistan has the second highest out of school population in the world and only 42% of girls in Pakistan have completed primary school or above, as compared to 60% boys (Pakistan Bureau of Statistics 2013). The Citizens Foundation (TCF) is one of the largest non-profit organizations providing formal education to the less privileged in the country. This study examines the TCF methodology for ensuring girls' enrolment and retention, which seek to overcome some of the structural barriers that result in a gender gap in overall education sector. The research focuses on TCF's primary schools and employs a qualitative research methodology, interviewing mothers, staff, principals and community members in two districts in Sindh and Punjab each.