Islamabad to get first Hadid-designed school

Hadid, Education Above, smart school
Smart school structure designed by the world-renowned architect Ms. Zaha Hadid

Islamabad - The school will provide free education and life skills to children

By Agencies

Published: Wed 29 Jul 2020, 3:03 PM

Last updated: Wed 29 Jul 2020, 5:08 PM

A first of its kind smart school designed by the late renowned architect Zaha Hadid will come up in Islamabad in September to provide free education and life skills to children. The structure has been gifted to Pakistan by Education Above All (EAA) foundation, which, in collaboration with Alight Pakistan, is funding the largest primary education initiative in the country aimed at educating one million children.
The Alight Pakistan and Future Development Holdings have collaborated to showcase the first innovative and energy-efficient school structure in Islamabad on a land designated as "Community Development Hub." Besides the establishment of school which embodies the legendary architect's signature design, the Community Development Hub will include a community clinic, a skill development and job placement centre and a playground.
On the occasion of agreement signing ceremony between Alight Pakistan and FDH at the latter's office Friday here, Zahid Rafiq, Group Chairman of FDH, said that this venture is aimed at ensuring that marginalized groups of society could also avail of the benefits of the modern amenities of life. "This partnership will be an effort to uplift and dignify children through providing quality learning free of cost," he added.
Pakistan ranks second in the world where 22 million children do not attend the school due to one reason or the other, which makes about 10 per cent of the total population of the country. "The best way to confront this gigantic challenge is to devise solutions through aligning synergies among public, private and philanthropic sectors" says Dr Tariq H. Cheema, Country Representative of Alight Pakistan.

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