Concept

"The Helpcare Society" is guided by it’s vision, 'Realizing potential through equal opportunities'. Notwithstanding its place of origin, conceptually, its relevance and scope transcends geographical boundaries.

The concept envisions to grow vertically at the unit level and horizontally through deployment of more units on ground.

Teach A Child (TAC) School at Lahore was till Oct 2012, the only institution of the educational program of 'The Helpcare Society (THS)'. TAC Schools’ concept revolves around the core idea of 'Privileged Education for the Underprivileged'. TAC School System's mission is 'to enable and empower the 'TAC Children', through competitive education, to join the social mainstream. Competitive education implies 18-19 years' of quality centric education, from nursery to professional university degree.

In 2012, when the first unit at Johar Town Campus had grown vertically for 14 years, had concluded the first cycle of school education and the first batch of students had joined universities/colleges for the professional education, "The Society" was offered an opportunity by DHA Lahore to replicate TAC in DHA Lahore. Teach A Child (TAC) School, DHA Campus, was established with the moral and material support of DHA Lahore in Oct 2012 thus entering the new phase of horizontal expansion of the concept.

Each student is charged an annual (dignity) fee of Rs.60 (US Cents 60 / UK Pennies 40) per annum against an annual expense of Rs.33,000 (US$ 330 / UK £ 220 ). Students are given two sets of free uniform ( a total of 9 items including undergarments) at the time of admission in nursery class, free books/stationery to support quality education compatible to any privileged school in Pakistan 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 18 years, i.e. the students of the first entry who joined TAC at an average age of 4 years is identified as the Class of 1998-2016. Having completed 14 years of schooling, the first batch joined the universities and colleges in 2012. THS has signed up as the academic guardian for the professional education. In 2016, they will, God Willing, complete their professional education from universities and colleges at the age of 22-23 years and, hopefully, will commence a new phase of their life for a better future for themselves and their families.

Over the past 14 years, TAC has made sincere efforts to provide conducive environment for the development of a balanced and an enlightened personality - aware of rights and obligations particularly with emphasis on women empowerment as a responsible member of society and a Pakistani. End objective is " to enable them to grow up 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. A study carried out by the students from Lahore School of Economics (LSE) has also been published in a book edited by Iqbal M.Khan, titled, " Leading Social Entrepreneurs of Pakistan".

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. THS seeks encouragement and support, against verifiable performance, to consolidate it's humble initiative thus enabling it to undertake wider responsibilities in the future.