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

OUR MISSION

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.

OUR VISION

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.

Board of Trustees

JAQ Education Trust, which operates the Pehli Kiran Schools in Pakistan, is governed by an eight-member Board of Trustees composed of a diverse group of Pakistani professionals, many of whom have international development experience. The Board is responsible for setting the Trust’s mission and vision, developing strategies, policies, mobilizing resources, selecting auditors, setting annual program targets and approving annual budgets, monitoring, and approving the annual report and finances.

Pehli Kiran Schools is also registered in the USA as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, and is governed by a three-member Board of Directors, who provide guidance for the organization’s functioning in the US.

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.

Shahnaz Kapadia Rahat

Trustee

Shahnaz is Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and founder of Mera Maan (Pvt.) Ltd. In her 32 years as a development professional, a dynamic champion of community-based change, she has developed a range of programs and curricula for strengthening institutions at the grass-roots level, nationally and internationally

Khalida Salimi

Trustee

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

Trustee

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.

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.

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 drivers 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 healthcare 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

Program Manager

Usman Mumtaz

Operations Manager

Ghazanfar Ali

Community Engagement Coordinator

Bushra Ali

New Programs Assistant Manager

Faheem Hashmi

Administration Coordinator

Naveed Ahmed

Accounts Officer

Rija Fatima

New Projects/Ed-Tech Initiatives Coordinator

Spougmai Sultan

Academic Mentor

Momina Kazmi

Academic Mentor

Faraz Ameer

Administration Assistant

Waseem Yusuf

Assistant Coordinator, Community Engagement

PKS-2

Principal: Shazia Naseem

PKS-3

Principal: Mehak Javed

PKS-4

Principal: Noureen Bibi

PKS-5

Principal: Ume-e-Rubab

PKS-6

Principal: Noor Zahid

PKS-7

Principal: Sakeena Jamshed

PKS-8

Principal: Lubna Shaheen

PKS-9

Principal: Shahdan Afzal

PKS-2

Vice Principal: Farzana Andleeb

PKS-3

Vice Principal: Iqra Noreen

PKS-4

Vice Principal: Mohammad Asif

PKS-5

Vice Principal: Robia Bibi

PKS-6

Vice Principal: Shahida Sher

PKS-7

Vice Principal: Humaira Aslam

PKS-8

Vice Principal: Sanobia Rehman

PKS-9

Vice Principal: Rabia 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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