Thursday, 20th May 2021 – Pulling the veil off another remarkable CSR initiative, CEO and Managing Director Systems Limited Mr. Asif Peer announced a new partnership with non-profit organization The Citizens Foundation (TCF) to provide formal education opportunities to students in underprivileged areas. The extraordinary initiative will see Pakistan’s biggest technology organization join hands with one of the country’s largest privately-owned networks of low-cost formal educational institutions. The drive will kick off with the establishment of a secondary school in Burewala, Punjab.
Announcing this partnership In a heartfelt video message, Mr. Asif Peer said, “I’m committing to you all that we’ll be building a school in Burewala with TCF, who have done wonders in educating masses of needy kids.” Pledging his continued support for this initiative, he added, “We’ll continue doing this because this is our future and as a responsible organization, we will continue to do such CSR activities.”
The initiative came to fruition as a result of a cordial exchange of “Letters of Hope” between the top management of Systems Limited and students of TCF on the occasion of Eid-ul-Fitr. The letters exchanged messages of affection, compassion and hope during these testing times. One such letter was from Muhammad Adnan, a Burewala native, who shared his aspirations of becoming a doctor and his wish of having a secondary school in his vicinity. This exchange caught the eye of prominent social media influencers and ultimately led to Systems Limited’s management taking the onus to help these young children fulfil their dreams, and CEO Asif Peer making the official announcement.
Literacy forms the backbone of a country’s development and progress. Pakistan’s literacy rate of 58% is comparatively lower than that of neighbouring countries China (80%) and India (74%). This significantly hinders opportunities to acquire the skills and technical knowledge required to boost the country’s economic growth. And with over 60% of Pakistan’s population in rural areas which have limited formal education opportunities, such initiatives hold pivotal importance.
Watch this space for more updates on this collaboration.
Founded in 1977, Systems Limited is a leading global technology and business process outsourcing services provider. The company prides itself on being the country’s biggest IT exporter for 2019 and recipient of the Forbes Asia’s 200 Best Under A Billion Award 2020. Since its inception, Systems has constantly reinvented itself by quickly acquiring expertise in new technologies to stay ahead of the curve. With over 3500 employees globally, the company creates specialized solutions that help its clients around the world drive business results. This has made Systems the most valuable company for digital transformation, IT and BPO & Contact Center services in Pakistan, and among its top-tier global clientele that includes Fortune 500 and Forbes Global 1000 companies.
The Citizens Foundation (TCF) is a non-profit organization and one of the largest privately-owned networks of low-cost formal schools in Pakistan. Established in 1995, the Foundation operates a network of 1,652 school units, educating 266,000 students through 12,000 teachers and principals, with over 17,400 employees. With nearly 94% of the Foundation’s expenditure allocated to the Education program, TCF has taught reading and writing to over 120,000 adults through its literacy and numeracy skill development program.