Haroon is a teacher and educational entrepreneur in Pakistan — but it took dropping out of college for him to discover his passion for education. After abandoning his engineering degree, Haroon spent time in a slum village near his home in Pakistan and realised the children there didn’t have a safe space to play. At the age of 18, he opened up a school to help children in the community learn.
In 2015, Haroon founded the Orenda Project to provide high quality, engaging education to every child. Orenda digitised Pakistan’s national curriculum and developed Taleemabad, a mobile and web application that helps out-of-school children resume their studies. With his Malala Fund grant, Haroon expanded the Taleemabad curriculum to include secondary education. He trains teachers, community groups and district officials to use Taleemabad and reach even more out-of-school girls.