The groundbreaking of the H-8/1 Girls and Primary School Campus of PakTurk International Schools & Colleges was performed in an exclusive function participated by Pakistani and Turkish state officials, parliamentarians, business community, educationists, philanthropists, and parents on Friday, October 7, 2011 in Islamabad.

Mr. Jan Muhammad Khan Jamali, Deputy Chairman of the Senate of Pakistan was the Chief Guest of the occasion, which was also graced by two Turkish MNAs, Mr. Ahmet Oksuzkaya (Kayseri) and Mr. Omer Faruk Oz (Malatya), Mr. M. Babur Hizlan, Ambassador of Turkey to Pakistan as well as various diplomats, professionals, and academics.

Speaking on the occasion, Mr. Jamali drew similarities between Pakistan and Turkey, voicing his satisfaction about educational initiatives undertaken by the PakTurk ICEF and commitments made for the betterment of the youth of Pakistan. He praised the efforts of the foundation and recommended them to found more schools in Pakistan, especially in Balochistan.

Mr Unal Tosur, Chairman PakTurk ICEF highlighted the pivotal importance of education for socio-economic development of a country and praising the initiative of Pakistani philanthropists and business community for building educational institutions not only in Islamabad, but also in Lahore and Peshawar.

In his speech, Turkish MNA Mr. Ahmet Oksuzkaya mentioned that it was his third visit to Pakistan all on account of auspicious occasions like the groundbreaking and inauguration of PakTurk schools. He encouraged PakTurk ICEF executives as well as the Pakistani philanthropists to crown this unique tradition of success in PakTurk schools with a PakTurk university. This encouragement found voice with the announcement of the MD of Hakas Group who mentioned his intention to donate a 1000 kanal land in Islamabad for an international university.

Mr Omer Faruk, MNA of Turkish Parliament voiced his happiness for being among the most friendly people on Earth for Turks and having conferred the medal and cheque to Muhammad Umer – who won the bronze medal in the 2011 IPhO – he quoted the example and wisdom of Allama Dr. Muhammad Iqbal for the young and the old as the fortune of Pakistan to draw inspiration for social and human development.

Speaking on the occasion, Mr. Mustafa Babur Hizlan, Ambassador of Turkey to Pakistan mentioned that the new Girls and Primary Campus of PakTurk will be a role model with its facilities among many educational institutions. Congratulating all who have a share in the process, Mr Ambassador reiterated that the graduates of these schools will be architects of the bright future of Pakistan.

The plot for the school campus was purchased by a group of Pakistani philanthropists from Islamabad in support of PakTurk ICEF’s educational initiatives. Spanning over 23 kanals, PakTurk Islamabad Girls and Primary School project comprises the construction of a five-storey building with a covered area of 88,000 sq. ft and the cost is about Rs. 155 million, to be entirely met by Pakistani philanthropist businessmen from Islamabad. Scheduled to be completed within 18 months, the school will be equipped with the state-of-the-art educational materials and furniture by the philanthropic businessmen from the city of Kayseri, Turkey.

PakTurk International Schools & Colleges are being run under the auspices of the PakTurk International Cag Educational Foundation – an international Turkish non-governmental educational organization – in four provinces i.e. 7 cities of Pakistan – Islamabad, Karachi, Khairpur Mirs, Lahore, Multan, Peshawar, and Quetta – with 18 branches from Pre-School to Class 12 (inclusive of SSC, HSSC, O and A Level streams).

Founded in 1995 with the dictum, “Two Countries, One Nation,” PakTurk educational institutions currently educate more than 5200 students by internationally qualified Pakistani and Turkish teaching and administrative faculty across Pakistan.


Posted on Oct 07, 11 | 11:45 am