Welcome to IRAJ Education Development & Foundation

IEDF was established by young Pakistanis in 1997 after getting initial training in community development and human rights at Arifwala, district Pakpattan. It was proposed by participants to create body of young energetic Pakistanis to improve the degrading situation of public schools, quality of education, human rights and democracy. In response to diverse emerging issues of extremism and violence it added peace and tolerance in its goals and objective to work. Read More...

Governing Body and Membership Profile: Governing body of IEDF consists of 12 active and highly experienced and qualified rural development professionals with 8 male and 4 female members. The 3 governing body members are full time active working executives of the organization. Governing body members are having 10– 22 years experience in the development field with national and international exposures. Three of 11 members are having hand in experience in working with international donor organizations. The geographical experiences of these members are central Punjab. Hands on experience of the GB members are from the field of community development, education, working with disable children,M&E, Gender Equity, Event Management, NGO program management; financial management; networking and capacity building.


IEDF is registered under the societies act Societies Act XXI 1860 of Pakistan with registration no# RF/4463/L/S/08/343. It is regulatory body under the board of trustees and has National Tax NO 3185419. Its mandate is to work to improve the existing degrading situation of human rights, education, peace &tolerance, law and order and bringing emerging issues to the attention of government and other international community for action through awareness , coordination, networking and lobbying. The mandate and objectives of IEDF emanate from it own objectives as well as constitution of Pakistan, and other international agenda and manifesto to achieve its mission and goals statements. IEDF works in line with policies, laws and priorities of Pakistan. Its board members belong to middle and lower middle class and represent main stream society.

  • United State Institute of Peace (USIP)
  • Embassy of Japan
  • Social Walfare Department
  • Punjab Education Foundation
  • Church World Service Pakistan / Afghanistan
  • Trust for volunteer organization (TVO)
  • CIDA
  • Education Sector Refrom Assistance(ESRA)
  • Environmental Protection Agency
  • College of Youth Activism of Development
  • Socio Engineering Consultants
  • Taiwan Foundation for Democracy More


They are then designed in to various programmatic interventions broadly defined as: Capacity Building of Teachers and School Heads

  • Youth Development and Child Protection
  • Conflict Resolution and Peace Education
  • Sexual Reproductive Services
  • Women Empowerment
  • Democracy and Human Rights
  • Curriculum Development & Action Research
  • Quality & Quantity of Education
  • Networking, Cooperation and Partnership

--- A Brief History ---
IEDF was established by young Pakistanis in 1997 after getting initial training in community development and human rights at Arifwala, district Pakpattan,. It was proposed by participants to create body of young energetic Pakistanis to improve the degrading situation of public schools, quality of education, human rights and democracy. In response to diverse emerging issues of extremism and violence, it added peace and tolerance in its goals and objective to work. Due to various technical and financial issues, head office was shifted from Arifwala to Lahore in 2001 and since 2001 it is working in Pakistan with head office in Lahore and project offices in various districts of Punjab.

IEDF worked with CIDA, Trust for Volunteer Organization-TVO, Punjab Education Foundation, Education Sector Reform Assistance-ESRA, United States Institute for Peace, UNICEF, Creative Associates International, Church World Services, Embassy of Japan, Taiwan Foundation for Democracy, Social Welfare Department. IEDF established field offices in Pakpattan, DG Khan, Muzaffargarh, Rajanpur and Islamabad. It intensively work in Pakpattan, Lahore, DG Khan, Rajanpur, Muzaffargarh and trained teachers in other districts of Punjab such as Bahawalngar, Vehari, Bahwalpur, Khanewal, Multan, Sheikhupura, Qasur, Gujranwala, Rawalpindi, Gujrat, Kharyan, Bahalwal, Okara, Sahiwal, Jhang, Faisalabad, and Toba Tek Singh.

IEDF worked in areas of capacity building of teachers in science, mathematics, English, content development, lesson planning, school management, baseline studies, qualitative and quantitative learning of students as well as school leadership and school management. It developed its various pedagogical modules and manuals in Urdu as well as in English. Its other areas of work has been setting up private schools for middle class and lower middle class girls and boys, child protection centers for flood affected districts of DG Khan and Muzaffargarh, youth engagement to promote peace and tolerance, awareness raising about human rights and democracy, awareness among Non-Muslims about right to vote, and construction of girls schools in rural areas to provide quality of education to poor and marginalized girls and boys.

IEDF also organized conferences, seminars, walks, community meetings, dialogues and group discussion with various stakeholders at Pakistan level on various issues such as peace, tolerance, human rights, education, and counter extremism. IEDF tested various news ideas successfully such as develop children literature by children for children as well as engagement of youth through football to reduce violence and society. In addition, it provided new markets strategies and research based solutions to different private and public schools. IEDF has large new of volunteers, CBOs, NGOs, youths, and other sections of society to work easily in all remote areas of Pakistan without difficulty. it has successfully implemented all projects in all target districts. In its history of 15 years, it focuses on education, peace, health & hygiene, water and sanitation, human rights and tolerance. It never withdraws from its original mandate of betterment of humanity and betterment of children for sound and peaceful future.


A group photo with Ms. Ina Lepel, Ambassador of Federal Republic of Germany during
inauguration ceremony of a project, "Bike to School"

Setting Up Arifwala Resource Center:
In district Pakpattan to enhance the capacity of primary school teacher in pedagogical skills and human rights (CIDA).
Develop Children Literature By Children For Children.
In collaboration with Awaz Foundation for Education to provide opportunity to children for expressing their truth, feelings and emotions.
Existing Taha Model School
To provide quality of education to the poor and marginalized children of rural areas in which
more than 300 children were provided the quality of education and more than 100 teachers from private school were trained.
Professional Development Of Teachers And Administrator In Arifwala District Pakpatten
To enhance skills and knowledge of teachers and parents about the involvement of community through strengthening
School Management Committees-SMCs as well as strengthened TEACHER-PARENTS relationship to improve learning quality of children.
Adult Literacy Program
To provide non formal education to adolescent girls in partnership with NCHD Narowal
Strengthening School Management Committees
In Larkana, Jacab Abad, Kashmore, Kambor, Mirpur Khas, Sanghar, Mithi to strengthen SMCs/PTAs.
School Leadership & Development Program And Cluster Based Training.
In Punjab to enhance the capacity of teachers of private schools in 24 districts.
Develop Peace Curriculum For High And Higher Secondary Schools
In Pakistan to educate students about non violence and conflict resolutions.
Advocating Masses Through Street Performance About Basic Human Rights In Pakistan
To create awareness about democracy and human rights through street theaters.
Strengthening Human Rights And Democracy In Pakistan
To educate youth through training university students about real democratic values and attitudes.
Child Rights Protection School
To document situation of schools in terms of Child Rights Protection.

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  • Child Protection
  • Child Protection

    All children will learn, grow and develop their potential. all children are protected from all types of vulnerability at all levels.

  • Education
  • Education

    All teachers and students will get benefit from quality & quantity of education at all levels without any discrimination.

  • Youth Development
  • Youth Development

    Youth will realize their potential and become responsible citizen of Pakistan. They will contribute in developed and strengthened Pakistan.

  • Democracy
  • Democracy

    Citizens of Pakistan will realize the importance of real democracy. Real democracy will nurture as a result of IEDF efforts at grass root levels.

  • Women Empowerment
  • Women Empowerment

    All women realize their potential through realization and education. They are protected from all types of violence, domestic violence, early child marriages and karo kari etc.

  • Health
  • Girl’s Bike to School Project

    This project was implemented in rural areas of two tehsils of district Pakpattan to empower 454 girls through providing bicycles to continue their high schooling, funded by Canadian fund for local initiative (CFLI).

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  • Action Research
  • Action Research

    Develop curriculum for peace education, child care workers, community development practitioners and students of non formal schools in Punjab.

  • Targer Population
  • Target Population

    Teachers, women, children, youth, political workers, students, community groups,and working children are our primary program participants. We have included young population in our programs in recent time focusing on Child Protection issues.

Major results of IEDF Activities
Established Iraj School System to provide education to girls and boys of marginalized areas. Trained more than 3000 teachers and school principals to improve the quality of education around in more than 20 districts of Punjab. Created awareness among various sections of society about health & hygiene, water and sanitation-WASH, human rights, discrimination, intolerance, lack of education etc. Lahore, Rajanpur, DG Khan, Muzaffargarh, Gujranawala, and Tharparkar. Installed 500 hand pumps in Muzaffargarh to provide drinking water after 2010 floods. Supported for more effective national and international response to MDGs including policy advice to governments, local governments and other stakeholders to protect children from all types of vulnerabilities. Development of peace curriculum for high and higher secondary schools in Pakistan to promote peace and tolerance among teachers and students. Constructed girls middle school in rural areas of Punjab. Established 50 Non Formal Schools in partnership with National Commission for Human Development in 2005 in Band Road, Lahore. Greater awareness and capacity to achieve MDGS among governments, the private sector and civil society. Engaged Youth to counter extremism and intolerance in society and build their capacity in counter narrative to militancy. Established community groups in Arifwala to improve improve situation of latrines, hygiene, health and water at community level. Humanitarian aid to flood affected communities of DG Khan and Muzaffargarh to improve various services such as health & hygiene, water sanitation, child protection, psycho-social support,referral mechanism and gender issues.
  • Rah-e-Aman [راہِ امن] by Irshad Ahmad Mughal
  • Rah-e-Aman [راہِ امن] by Irshad Ahmad Mughal
  • Rah-e-Aman [راہِ امن] by Irshad Ahmad Mughal
  • Training Manual for School Heads by Iraj Education & Development Foundation
  • Training Manual for School Heads by Iraj Education & Development Foundation
  • Pedagogy of Hope by Paulo Freire (Urdu Translation)
  • Pedagogy of the Oppressed by Paulo Freire (Urdu Translation-under process)
  • Manual for Cluster Based Teaching by Iraj Staff (under process)
  • Manual for development of school leadership and development (under process)
  • Tolerance and Peace (Urdu Manual)


Head Office: 82-B, New Chaburji Park Lahore. Pakistan

Project Office: 339/EB, Arif Wala Distt. PakPattan Punjab, Pakistan.

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