Nadia is a senior advisor to The Citizens Foundation (TCF). TCF is a network of nearly 1,500 formal schools across Pakistan sustained on philanthropy. TCF is the largest private employer of women in the country, with 12,000 female teachers and principals. Nadia is also a nonresident fellow with the Wilson Center in Washington, DC. She is the author of "Pakistan's Education Crisis: The Real Story," as well as several articles and opinion pieces about public education reforms and financing in Pakistan. Nadia has written for the New York Times, Foreign Policy, Devex, and NPR.
Fundamentally, there is a demand for girls education in Pakistan, but there is a problem with the supply. We solved for this by building schools within walking distance for girls and hiring only female teachers. We figured out how to achieved a nearly 50-50 ratio of girls to boys in the mid-1990s by listening to families.