A Pakistani school for orphan students wins $100,000 Zayed Prize for Sustainability

EducationA Pakistani school for orphan students wins $100,000 Zayed Prize for Sustainability

Monitoring Desk: A Pakistani school for orphan students wins the $100,000 Zayed Prize for Sustainability after being declared the best Global School in South Asia, reports Arab News.

According to the newspaper, the prize was given for the school’s innovative project on water conservation and organic farming at the UN climate conference in Dubai.
The school is operated by the Kashmir Orphan Relief Trust (KORT) and was competing for the prize against two other finalists from India and Bangladesh.
Two young representatives of the trust were present at the gathering at the Expo City in Dubai where United Arab Emirates President Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed presented the award.
The Zayed Sustainability Prize honors the legacy of UAE’s founding father Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan by rewarding small and medium enterprises, non-profit organizations, and high schools addressing health, food, energy, water and climate-related challenges.

   

“Our project is on water conservation because, in 2025, clean drinking water will finish in Pakistan,” Sumaiya Bibi, 19, told Arab News after receiving the award on behalf of the trust.

Ch Mohammed Akhtar (center), the Founding Chairman of Kashmir Orphan Relief Trust (KORT) with students Sumaiya Bibi (left) and Kinza Bibi after winning the Zayed Sustainability Prize for the best Global School in South Asia at Expo City in Dubai, UAE on December 1, 2023.
Ch Mohammed Akhtar (center), the Founding Chairman of Kashmir Orphan Relief Trust (KORT) with students Sumaiya Bibi (left) and Kinza Bibi after winning the Zayed Sustainability Prize for the best Global School in South Asia at Expo City in Dubai, UAE on December 1, 2023. (AN Photo)

After losing her parents in the 2005 earthquake in Pakistan’s Kashmir region, she found a sense of direction by focusing on climate-related projects.

“We want to set up water filtration plants and sensor taps in our school to minimize water wastage,” she said. “We also want to set up a kitchen garden in our school through organic farming so that the children can get nutrition from the organically grown food.”

KORT School and College of Excellence is based in Azad Kashmir and was set up in 2016 for children who were orphaned in the devastating earthquake. The facility is serving over 500 students.

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