The 'Society's' vision is 'Realizing potential through equal opportunities'. Notwithstanding its place of origin, conceptually, its relevance and scope transcends geographical boundaries as in the case of the chain of LRBT Eye Hospitals and Citizen Foundation's educational program originating from Karachi and SOS from Lahore. Essentially, time required for financial capacity building will be the only reason for delay in its outreach to other areas of Pakistan.
Teach A Child (TAC) School at Lahore is the 'first' and as of now the only institution of the educational program of 'The Helpcare Society'. TAC School's concept revolves around the core idea of 'Privileged Education for the Underprivileged'. TAC School System's misson is to enable and empower the 'TAC Children', by providing them opportunities to be equipped with competitive education, to join the social mainstream. Competitive education implies 19-20 years' of quality centric education, from nursery to professional university degree.
Each student is charged an annual (dignity) fee of Rs.60 (US Cents 70 / UK Pennies 43/ € .51) per annum against an annual expense of Rs.32,230 (US$ 370 / UK £ 235 / € 274 ). Students are given two sets of free uniform ( a total of 8 items including undergarments) on joining, free books to support quality education compatible to any elite school in Pakistan, free stationery and essential medical care. Induction is only at the nursery level and there is no lateral entry. Each class is identified by the year of induction and the year of completion of educational cycle at the end of 19 years, i.e. Class of 1998-2017 - the first entry who joined TAC at the age of 4 to 5 years- is planned to stay in TAC's academic patronage till 2017. when they will, God Willing, complete their professional education from universities and colleges at the age of 23-24 years. Students at TAC have already traveled more than two third the distance. TAC School has endeavored to be more than just an academic institution.
Over the past 12 years, It has made sincere efforts to provide conducive environment for the development of a balanced and an enlightened personality - aware of rights and obligations as a responsible member of society and a Pakistani. End objective is "to enable them to emerge as role models and positive agents of change in the family, neighborhood and the society at large". To evaluate own measure of success, external evaluations have been conducted. To date, five impact/ analysis studies have been undertaken on TAC's concept and performance by Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS) under its LUMS-McGill Social Enterprise Development Program.
THS offers a hope to the children of the less privileged yet equally ambitious families to grow in socio-academically conducive and enabling environment. THS is striving to be a centre of excellence- a citadel of "Dreams" and "Resolve". It is innovative and unique in its undertaking where it promises to offer an opportunity, to study from Nursery to Post-graduation professional studies, to the excluded segment of our society.
Though small in size today, its concept and vision is infinitely relevant to our nation as well as to a large part of the globe. We, at THS, are asking for your encouragement and support, against verifiable performance, to consolidate our humble initiative thus enabling us to undertake wider responsibilities in the future.