Gilgit-Baltistan, Pakistan, 29 November 2021 – New state-of the-art buildings are being added on three Aga Khan school campuses in Ghizer District to enhance educational opportunities in the area, giving more young and talented students from the surrounding towns and villages – including those from the most remote valleys – a chance to fulfil their potential. Aga Khan Higher Secondary School, Gahkuch, Aga Khan School, Damas and Aga Khan Higher Secondary School, Chatorkhand are amongst the 156 Aga Khan schools operating in Pakistan with a total enrolment of more than 50,000 students.
The new infrastructure has been designed keeping in view the rapid changes in teaching and learning, and the need to equip students to meet the complex challenges of the 21st century. Inspired by the natural beauty of the area, once completed, the new buildings will ensure 1,500 students access to smart classrooms, modern science and computer laboratories, libraries, conference rooms, offices, canteens and sports grounds.
At the groundbreaking ceremony, Gilgit-Baltistan Legislative Assembly Speaker Syed Amjad Ali Zaidi said that students studying in these institutions will have the chance to explore, question and follow their dreams.
Planned over nearly 6,700 m2, the new facilities have been designed as green buildings to work in harmony with the local environment. Solar panels and insulated building materials will ensure minimal energy consumption and carbon footprint. The structures will also be seismic-resistant and act as shelters for surrounding communities in the event of natural disasters.
The expansions will be completed in 2023 at Aga Khan Higher Secondary School, Gahkuch and at the end of 2024 at Aga Khan School, Damas and Aga Khan Higher Secondary School, Chatorkhand.
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