All You Need To Know About Schools In Hunza

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Hunza is known for its breath-taking landscapes, turquoise-water lakes, fresh air and an assortment of fruits. With expansion in tourism, people have gained access to the local communities in Hunza as well, and many have found that their unique educational system is what keeps all the people together in a close-knit community. Let’s explore these schools in detail and understand how they contribute towards Hunza’s unique educational system.

Educational System In Hunza

Hunza's literacy rate is one of the highest for girls
Hunza has one of the highest literacy rates in Pakistan

Hunza’s literacy rate exceeds 70% for both boys and girls. Through concerted efforts by district governments and a series of initiatives, a large number of schools have been established. Education in Hunza has been introduced through three initiatives.

In the first initiative, the British government established the locality’s first-ever primary school in 1913. After Partition, the Government of Pakistan started opening schools in northern areas, especially in Hunza.Thereafter, Karim Aga Khan opened The Academy in Hunza in 1983 with hostel facilities. The school was built to impart education to girls, and so hostel facilities were also established. After the establishment of government institutes and the establishment of Aga Khan University’s Institute for Educational Development, a large number of private schools also came about in the region. By 1991, development of community schools was also initiated. In recent years, the establishment of Karakoram University has further amplified educational opportunities for pupils in Hunza.

Of all the schools that have been established, these are the ones that stand out.

Schools In Hunza

These are the most famous schools in Hunza.

Diamond Jubilee Middle School

Diamond Jubilee is one of the oldest schools in the region
This is one of the oldest schools in the region

This is one of the oldest schools in the region, as it was established in 1946. Since then, it has been imparting education to both girls and boys from grades Pre-Primary III to Grade VIII. The school has about 300 students each year and its 14 teachers are trained on a monthly basis. This is also a school by the Aga Khan Foundation. The session starts in April and new admissions are offered from December to April.

Address: Village Altit, Tehsil Aliabad, District Hunza

Contact number: +92 5813 480427

There are a series of schools of the Diamond Jubilee franchise, located all over Hunza. These include primary, middle and high schools.

Aga Khan Higher Secondary School, Hunza

This was established in 1986, and provides education to girls from grade VIII to grade XII. The school follows the curriculum of Aga Khan University Examination but believes in a robust educational system where students are taught about health and community as well. 

In the past 30 years, this school has produced numerous women who have gone to take up influential roles in various fields including medicine, engineering, agriculture, education leadership, teaching, research, lecturing, social work and nursing. Moreover, the school has various clubs for girls, and traditional music is also taught to everyone. Apart from an extensive calendar of activities throughout the academic year, field trips to nearby places are also arranged on a regular basis. 

The campus of AKHSS spreads over 30,000 square feet and is a purpose-built campus. The architectural plan has been done in such a way that the surrounding natural beauty is elevated through designs. The school has state-of-the-art educational facilities.

This school offers Secondary School Certificate (Grade VIII to Grade X) in Science, whereas it offers Higher Secondary School Certificate (Grade XI and XII) in Pre Medical and Pre Engineering. 

Address: Tehsil Aliabad, District Hunza, Gilgit-Baltistan

Contact number: +581-3457092

There are a number of AKHSS branches in this region, including AKHSS, Sherqilla, which is a co-education institute from pre primary to Grade X. From Grade X onwards it only hosts girls. AKHSS, Gilgit is a school for boys from grades pre primary to VIII. 

Aga Khan Higher Secondary School, Gahkuch

AKHSS, Gahkuch is one of the leading schools in GB for girls
AKHSS, Gahkuch is one of the leading schools in Gilgit-Baltistan.

Aga Khan Higher Secondary School (AKHSS), Gahkuch is one of the leading schools in Gilgit-Baltistan. This is a co-education institute and offers classes from grade VIII to XII and has prepared students for higher education in competitive national and international institutions.

In 2018, this school’s student, Sajida Jan from Sandi Yasin received the United World Colleges Scholarship in Central America, which speaks of the school’s extensive educational programs. 

Besides focusing on academic excellence, this school also encourages students to participate in a number of co-curricular activities, and also involves parents and community for shaping young minds. The school’s philosophy is built on the idea that in order to shape young minds, lessons need to be drawn from the older generation. 

This school offers Secondary School Certificate (Grade VIII to Grade X) in Science, whereas it offers Higher Secondary School Certificate (Grade XI and XII) in Pre Medical and Pre Engineering. 

Address: Tehsil Punial, District Ghizer, Gilgit-Baltistan

Contact number: +91-5814-451287 

Fauji Foundation School

Fauji Foundation School System is a trusted name in Pakistan’s education system. In Hunza too, it has gained the trust of the people. The success of this school system lies with regular teacher training, and a comprehensive syllabus that aims to impart the best education to students. 

Their branch in Hunza follows the same ethos and with classes from primary to secondary levels, aims to impart the same quality of education.

Address: Aliabad, Hunza

Contact number: 0313 5195370

Sedna School & College

Sedna has introduced Blended Learning to GB
Sedna is the only school in Hunza that provides Blended Learning

This school system strongly advocates for children’s development at all stages of education. Therefore, the school’s primary philosophy is to treat pupils and teachers as integral members of a single family unit. 

This co-education school has fully-equipped libraries, computer labs, and sports facilities. What particularly sets this school apart from the rest in the region is its Blended Learning facilities which allows the students to learn in a dynamic environment, and familiarise themselves with the latest learning tools. Sedna has access to the Learning Management System and GSuite, both of which allow students to get personalized education services.

Sedna believes in preparing students for a brighter future, while also keeping them rooted in Hunza’s traditions and practices. This school system has four campuses in Hunza located in Zulfiqarabad Jutial Gilgit, Aliabad Hunza, and Karimabad Hunza. 

Address (main campus): Zulfiqarabad Jutial Gilgit
Contact number: +92-346-974-7981

What Sustains Schools In Hunza? 

The Aga Khan Foundation alone runs more than 100 schools in Hunza. Its success in shaping young minds for the future and sustainability of societies is unparalleled. 

Moreover, the work of The Gilgit-Baltistan Educational Management Information System (GBEMIS) is also instrumental in this regard. The GBEMIS has been functioning in GB’s Education Department since 1998 to collect and analyze education statistics, develop  provincial education databases, set benchmarks for quality improvement of education data, and provide technical support wherever needed. It has worked to provide sustainable and modern solutions to education problems so the curriculum being taught is inclusive and in line with international standards. It has been working with 1,350 educational institutions, and 767 private schools in devising newer policies.

This was our overview of the best schools in Hunza. If you think we’ve missed any important names, please write to us at blog@zameen.com. Also, keep checking Pakistan’s largest property blog, Zameen Blog, for the latest news on Pakistan.



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