AKES' discrimination?

AKES’ discrimination?

The first Aga Khan School was established in Pakistan by Sir Sultan Muhammad Shah in Gwadar Balochistan in 1905. However, Aga Khan schools were initiated in Chitral in the 1980s.

It was not new for the Ismaili Imams to open schools and promote education because they have a long tradition of leadership in education as Al Azhar University of Cairo was also established by Hazrat Imam Muiz. 

Prince Karim Aga Khan says: “A great school will educate its students not merely to be personally successful but also to use their gifts to build their communities and also to enhance the common good to levels beyond our dreams.” 

AKES is playing a marvelous role in spreading quality education, especially in far-flung areas of Yarkhun, Laspur, Torkhow and Garum Chashma.

However, the AKES leadership in Chitral has ignored us as there isn’t a single primary school or ECD system from Greenlasht to Charun even after four decades. Some parents in Kuragh, Charun and Jinalkoch send their kids to the Aga Khan School Booni in pick-and-drop vans but the rest of the population cannot afford it and their children remain deprived of quality education.

There are two AKES schools running in the adjoining twin villages of Kosht and Morder but Greenlasht, Reshun, Zait, Showgram, Charun and Charun Ovir with about 1,600 household are still deprived of any AKES school. So can we say isn’t it a discrimination? 

Secondly, students at AKHSS Kuragh belonging to adjoining villages of Reshun, Zait and Greenlasht have no transport facilities so they are compelled to live in private hostels. 

I would like to request AKES general manger Brig (retired) Khush Muhammad to look into the issue at the earliest and resolve it for the interest of the local people. 


Munir Hussain, Zait.


6 Replies to “AKES’ discrimination?”

  1. Munir your concerns are rational, however AKES, P does not have all the solutions for all the problems. Parents/communities have to stand up by the organization and facilitate. we realize very late, and we have to blame ourselves. It will never happen that you put an application and next day it will happen. Organizations have to put in place resources of thinking, financial, human and material. It does not have Alladin’s chiragh. The Gul Jee is 100% right in his statement. As far as few students have transport issue, it is parents’ responsibility to manage it, not AKES, P. It is not a transport company. Pleas try to put some responsibilities on parents and community as well. AKDN is a blessing, if you are not grateful, will be taken back.
    thank you

  2. Aga Khan Primary school in Kuragh badly failed due to the server lack of support from the local people. Eventually, the school was closed down due to underutilization. The community did not provide land to construct building and the old school building presented a picture of old relics.
    By the time the people of Reshun realized the importance of AK school system, it was too late. To be honest even today, the community cannot and will not provide a piece of land for school. They were repeatedly told that one day you will realize that they had missed the opportunities. The donor from Canada came to talk the local community to build an ECD center, the community were not even ready to listen to them. So please don’t blame anyone for this, you are responsible for this loss. However, if AKESP builds a school in a central place, it is still not too late

  3. Genuine demand you raised. It is reminded to the AKESP, Chitral that a couple of years back activists from Charun have already requested for AKES School by signing an application through Council office and later the people of Kuragh have demanded it. It should be taken seriously.

  4. It’s easy to criticize without knowing their side. Only a few institutions remain who are actually working in this godforsaken country… And these critics can’t let them work.

    1. It is not the matter of discussion with @Patriotic Pakistani who has to stay on border focusing on his duty of defence not to manage education system which has lost its tempo in service delivery in Chitral.

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