ITA Pakistan

Preamble to the Emergence of ITA

Human survival and evolution rest upon two critical pillars viz. (1.) an environment which provides access to contemporary learning skills in a rapidly changing global setting, and (2.) a political framework for participation according to constitutional and legal entitlements without discrimination. Democracy cannot flourish without active citizen participation. Participation requires capacity for the cultivation and application of democratic principles. The capacity to develop, understand and apply democratic principles must be generated in turn through an education process. 

Unfortunately education has consistently failed to be a priority for Pakistani leaders. In 61 years of Pakistan’s existence, Universal Primary Education (UPE) has remained an elusive goal. Fifty percent of Pakistan’s 170 million population is below 18 years of age, and only 56% of primary age group (5-9) are able to enroll in primary schools, 18% of middle age group (10-12) and 10% of matric age group (13-14), are accessing education facilities. The urban-rural, female-male and provincial variations make the education apartheid even more severe. Chronic lack of resources, shortage of facilities beyond primary level, lack of competent teachers/managers, terrorism and emergencies are severely jeopardizing possibilities for human development and participation. The gross enrolment rate (including under/over-age children) at the primary level is only 86% (PSLM 2006-07) out of which 33% drop out while out of those who complete primary school and are eligible for middle level, only 18% enroll in the latter stream. Of those who make it to grade 10, only 30% successfully complete matriculation and 3% make it to the tertiary level. Options for non-formal and livelihoods education are very few compared to the enormous needs. Each successive stage of education is operating at sub-optimal levels reflecting chronic systemic problems and an exclusionary culture, not conducive to promotion of learning for the majority. 

The social responsibility for these gaps lies jointly with the government and citizens to ensure the right to quality meaningful education. The alarming statistics manifest a chronic malaise of a post-colonial society and state, unable to design an embedded national education enterprise. On a positive note, the experiences of the past six decades hold many lessons, which can contribute towards the re-design of our education system.

Idara-e-Taleem-o-Aagahi (ITA) or the “Centre of Education and Consciousness” Public Trust, is thus a response to the profound crisis of education and multiple crises forming the nuts and bolts of the Education Challenge. ITA was born out of a growing realization that the most critical of human entitlements, the right to learning, knowledge systems, citizenship skills and a 9,000 years of living heritage is being denied to the citizens of Pakistan.

Partner Groups

Partners of the Trust comprise:

  • Learners of all levels and ages
  • Communities
  • Research and learning institutions
  • Educationists
  • Private and corporate sector
  • Government organizations at all levels
  • Non-government organizations (local, national and international)
  • National, regional and international professional networks & alliances
  • Multilateral and bilateral organizations




Govt. Industry/International Development Agencies/INGOS/ Foundationas/ philanthropy

International Donors

1 Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA)
4 International Labour Organization (ILO)
5 International Philanthropist (ITACEC UK, PAGH USA )
6 Oxfam
7 Rutgers WPF

Government Donors and Local Agencies

1 Ministry of Social Welfare and Special Education
2 National Commission for Human Development (NCHD)
3 Pakistan Poverty Alleviation Fund
4 Punjab Education Foundation (PEF)
5 Sindh Education Foundation

Corporate Sector and Philanthropy

1 Albarqa Bank
2 Allied Bank
3 Samba Bank
4 ICI Pakistan
5 Nestle Pakistan
6 Telenor Pakistan
7 Unilever Pakistan
8 Individual Philanthropists and Expatriates (ITA-UK, PAAGH, Aisha Foundation USA)


Registration No 
(under Trust Act)

8499/3503 dated 30-Jun-2000

Registration No
(under Societies' Act , XXI of 1860)

RP/3049/L/S/06/1542  (RP/711 ) June 2006
Latest Renewal RP/3049-L/S/06/1491 December 2021

Registration No
(under Punjab Charities Act 2018):

PB-8087644472230097 July 08, 2021

PCP Certification

PCP-R3/2019/0102 July 02, 2019
PCP-R2/2014/0102 March 12, 2014 & PCP-R1/2009/0102 September 2009 & PCP-2006/0102 awarded on 16 September 2006

Tax Exemption No

2846848 October 2019
I&E/84/236 October, 2006




Ford Rhodes Sidat Hyder & Co. Chartered Accountants

(D&B World database USA)

64-547-9465 June 2018
64-547-9465 August 2004


Certificate April 2006

EuropeAid ID No:



Board of Trustees and Advisors

ITA's Board of Trustees and Advisors

  Name Designation Description
1 Baela Raza Jamil Trustee/CEO Educationist and Public Policy Expert
2 Dr. Farrukh Seir Maj. gen. retired Trustee Ex minister of health and higher education,surgeon general pakistan army,ED. pakistan institute of rehabilitation
3 Mr. Rashid Jahangir Trustee Chief Financial & Digital Officer at Samba Bank Limited
4 Mr. Kazim Saeed Trustee  
5 Ms. Salaina Haroon Trustee  
6 Ms. Azra Naseem Trustee  
7 Ms. Sara Khan Trustee  
8 Ms. Rubina Tariq Trustee Educationist
9 Dr. Afshan Huma Trustee Policy Analyst and Consultant in Educational Research
10 Prof. Shaheen Sardar Ali Advisor International Human Rights Academic
11 Saeed Ul Hassan Advisor  
12 Mr. Muhammad Asif Sultan Secretary Board Director Operations