Ms. Sadiqa Salahuddin the Trustee of Trust for Democratic Education and Accountability (TDEA) Board is recognized as one of the leading development professionals and a prominent NGO leader with extensive national and international exposure. She had been the Chief Instructor at NIPA Karachi before joining as the first Director of NGO Resource Centre of the Aga Khan Foundation. She left AKDN in 1999 after serving 8 years and then set up an NGO called Indus Resource Centre (IRC) in 1999 with some of her likeminded professional colleagues. IRC is working in the rural areas of Sindh for empowerment of the marginalized rural communities particularly women.
Realising that real empowerment is not possible without education, Sadiqa designed and implemented the education program for out of school rural girls to enhance their access to quality education. Non-formal education program that started with 18 one-teacher community based schools in 2001 is now serving 8389 children directly (64 % of them are girls) in four districts of Sindh through its 55 Schools. All of these schools are in villages or small towns and many of them have reached elementary and high school level although a few are still offering only primary classes.
Apart from managing its own schools, IRC is supporting 62 government schools with more than 12000 children in coastal areas of Karachi, Sukkur, Ghotki and Khairpur districts under Public Private Partnership. Working with government is an important element of IRC’s policy.
Besides providing leadership to Indus Resource Centre, Sadiqa is considered as a resource person on education in Sindh and is regularly invited to deliver lectures and talks in prestigious institutions such as IED, National College for Management, Lahore and other similar institutions. She has widely traveled and has participated as a presenter and keynote speaker in international seminars and conference related to social development issues and civil society.