South Asia's Best: Pakistani School Claims Top Award
At the UN climate conference in Dubai, a Pakistani school managed by the Kashmir Orphan Relief Trust (KORT) achieved a significant milestone by securing the esteemed Zayed Sustainability Prize worth $100,000.
Acknowledged as the best Global School in South Asia, the school stood out for its pioneering project focusing on water conservation and organic farming, triumphing over finalists from India and Bangladesh.
The award ceremony, held at Expo City in Dubai, saw United Arab Emirates President Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed present the accolade. The Zayed Sustainability Prize, honoring the legacy of UAE’s founding father Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, celebrates initiatives addressing crucial issues like health, food, energy, water, and climate.
Sumaiya Bibi, a 19-year-old representative of KORT, emphasized the urgency of their water conservation project, citing the anticipated depletion of clean drinking water in Pakistan by 2025. The school is committed to deploying water filtration plants, sensor taps to minimize wastage, and establishing organic kitchen gardens for nutritional benefits.
Established in 2016 to support children orphaned in the 2005 earthquake, the KORT School and College of Excellence in Azad Kashmir houses over 500 students, providing education, boarding, food, clothing, and medical care. Chaudhry Mohammed Akhtar, the founding chairman of the organization, mentioned that the prize money would fund clean water and organic farming projects in rural areas.
This year’s Zayed Sustainability Prize, distributed across 11 winners in various categories, reflects a total prize fund of $3.6 million. These innovative solutions aim to transform lives and foster global environmental sustainability.