Pehli Kiran Schools takes vulnerable children off the streets, and into schools, providing them with opportunities to learn and grow, and to be kids once again.

About Us


Provide education and livelihood opportunities to marginalized, street children in Pakistan, especially girls, from the poorest, unserved informal squatter settlements, to become productive members of society.


Access to quality education for every child in Pakistan.

About Us

Since 1995, Pehli Kiran Schools (PKS) have been bringing a ray of hope into the lives of out-of-school, street children, especially girls, through free and quality education. Our belief in every child’s right to education led to our target niche - focus on communities no one else was serving: excluded, marginalized, urban squatter settlements (katchi abadis) where no child attended school. These transient communities comprise mostly urban migrants, on the move, in search of livelihoods. The unique features of the PKS model, which respond to the specific needs of these communities, set us apart from other initiatives: high-quality academics, strong co-curricular programs, flexible operations, and an innovative mobile infrastructure that moves with communities when evicted. PKS packages these distinctive features into one of the lowest-cost education delivery models in Pakistan, ensuring the highest return on every donated penny. For over two decades, the Pehli Kiran Schools, an initiative of Jamshed Akhtar Qureshi Education Trust (JAQ), have been helping underprivileged children be kids again, learn and grow, and dream of a better future. Largely through individual philanthropy, some CSR support, and crowd-funding, we raise funds for children who rightfully deserve the opportunity of a brighter tomorrow.

The Board

Pehli Kiran Schools is a project of the Jamshed Akhtar Qureshi Education Trust, which is registered under the Trust Act (II of 1882) of Pakistan. The Trust is governed by a seven-member Board of Trustees, comprising a diverse group of Pakistani professionals, many of whom have vast international development experience. The Board is responsible for setting the Trust’s mission and vision, developing strategies and policies, mobilizing resources, selecting auditors, setting annual program targets and approving annual budgets. It also monitors and approves the Annual Progress and Financial Reports.

Sabira Qureshi

Founder and Managing Trustee

Sabira Qureshi is an international development professional with more than four decades of experience on issues of poverty, gender equality, human and social development. Her work also includes significant volunteer activities – from activism for human rights to serving on nonprofit boards. She is a passionate believer in taking 'action for change', an impulse that triggered the PKS journey.

Navaid Akhtar Qureshi

Founder and Chairperson

Navaid Qureshi is a development professional - an engineer with over 30 years of international development experience spanning more than 50 countries around the globe. He is currently Chief Industry Specialist for Transport in the Global Infrastructure Department at IFC. Navaid has a deep interest in community development initiatives that expand opportunities and contribute to improved social mobility for underprivileged groups.

Mansoor Khan

Executive Trustee

Over the past 20 years, Mansoor Khan has pioneered Pakistan’s offshore software development initiatives. He is currently Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Makabu (Pvt.) Ltd. He has been previously associated with various Trusts, namely LRBT, SKMT and Kaghan Memorial Trust. He also guides ground operations for PKS with a focus on strengthening the overall school system.

Qazi Azmat Isa

Founder Trustee

Qazi Azmat Isaa has over 30 years of vast experience in the development sector. He is currently working as the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Pakistan Poverty Alleviation Fund. He spent 12 years at the World Bank, working in the rural and social sectors. He is currently serving on the Boards of numerous for-profit and nonprofit entities.

Khalida Salimi


A human rights activist, Khalida helped pioneer the Anti-Torture Movement in Pakistan and was awarded the distinguished “Order of the British Empire" (OBE) for her work on women’s and children’s rights. Khalida also received the Presidential Award as Human Rights defender in 2011. She is the Founder and Executive Director of SACH (Struggle for Change). She has been instrumental in establishing the Crisis Centre for Women in Distress for the Ministry of Women’s Development and setting up a shelter for working children.

Mohsin Alim Qazi


Mohsin is a skilled business manager and entrepreneur with over 20 years of experience in private sector governance. He is currently Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Comcept (Pvt.) Ltd. Mohsin has also worked with Pakistan’s Ministry of Finance and the Asian Development Bank (ADB). Mohsin has contributed to the development of the ICT sector in different roles, including serving on the executive committees of various industry bodies.

Pehli Kiran Schools is registered in the USA as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, with IRS tax exemption. It is governed by a three-member Board of Directors, with experience in education and international development. The Board provides strategic guidance, supports fundraising and resource mobilization, and provides guidance for the organization’s functioning and operations in the US. It also monitors and approves the PKS Annual Progress and Financial Reports.

Sabira Qureshi

Founder and President

Sabira Qureshi is an international development professional with more than four decades of experience on issues of poverty, gender equality, human and social development. Her work also includes significant volunteer activities – from activism for human rights to serving on nonprofit boards. She is a passionate believer in taking 'action for change', an impulse that triggered the PKS journey.

John Wall

Director and Treasurer

John Wall joined the Peace Corps in the early 1960s and was assigned to India where he worked in Rajasthan’s Community Development Program. After earning his Ph.D. from Duke University he joined the World Bank and spent his professional career on various assignments for 33 years, mainly on Pakistan, India, and Egypt, working on macroeconomics and development economics. His working career has convinced him that the key long-run driver of economic development is the provision of basic needs (income generation, education, health, housing, and transport) for all—men, women and children.

Farooq Cheema

Director and Secretary

Farooq Cheema is a seasoned and accomplished business executive. A serial entrepreneur, who runs multiple businesses focusing in the area of tutoring and corporate talent management. Through his regional tutoring company, thousands of students have successfully seen their GPAs increase by an average of two letter grades. Additionally, he has strategic investments in several education and health care companies. He is an executive member of the Organization of Pakistani Entrepreneurs of North America (OPEN) and has served as President of the DC chapter.

Our Team

Pehli Kiran Schools (PKS) are managed and operated by an individual dedicated team under the supervision of the Managing Trustee. Each school has its own Principal, Vice-Principal, and Teachers who work on both morning and afternoon shifts for the under-qualified and needful children.

PKS offers its staff numerous benefits, including transport and communication allowances, support for continuing education as well as opportunities for professional development and career growth through ongoing teacher-training and capacity building.

Naveed Musarrat

General Manager

Ghazanfar Ali

Community Engagement Manager

Taimoor Saleem

Admin Manager

Naveed Ahmed

Accounts Manager

Kiran Naghma

Program Manager - Academics

Muhammad Basharat Zaheer

Program Manager - PKL

Irshad Saeed

Academic Coordinator

Lubna Shaheen

Academic Mentor

Rabia Allah Bakhsh

Academic Mentor

Ryehah Batool Shah

Advocacy & Resource Mobilization Officer

Aamna Zakir

Scholarship Coordinator

Faheem Hashmi

Coordinator - PKL

Islam Khana

IT Lead

Maryam Khan


Ghazala Kiran

Assistant Counselor

Waseem Yousaf

Community Mobilizer

Maryam Bibi

Community Mobilizer

Muhammad Liaqat

Admin Officer

Zeshan Ahmed Kiyani

Admin Assistant

Rimsha Abid

Accounts Assistant


Principal: Shazia Naseem


Principal: Farzana Andlib


Principal: Jannat Gul


Principal: Ume-e-Rubab


Principal: Noor Zahid


Principal: Sakina Jamshed


Principal: Ansa Bibi


Principal: Shahdan Afzal


Principal: Riffat Jabeen


Principal: Haseena Gul


Vice Principal: Neelum Shehzadi


Vice Principal: Zubair Sultan


Vice Principal: Maria Fareed


Vice Principal: Robia Bibi


Vice Principal: Sidra Bibi


Vice Principal: Shazia Basheer


Vice Principal: Khadija Bibi


Vice Principal: Syeda Kinza Awais


Vice Principal: Nabeel Mehmood


Vice Principal: Maria Bibi

Syed Bilawal Shah Project Lead

Shahid Ahmad Back end Developer

Farrukh Waseem Akram Front End Developer

Qirsa Rasheed Q/A Engineer

Rabia Kabir Scrum Master

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