Zoya Science Schools for underprivileged children promote science and math in the local language Seraiki with poems, songs and hands-on experiments. Children are taught public health, 5 diseases of the area and their cures. Zoya schools promote local culture, traditions, wildlife preservation, music, public health with poems, songs, posters, booklets, local festivals (such as Lohri, Vaisakhi). School libraries include books from World Literature (in Urdu), such as Hemingway, Tolstoy, Chekov, Prem Chand, Rumi, Gogol, and posters that we have published and Kalam science books.
Over 700 sets of Gogi books and bags were distributed in 2016 to the children by Ms Nigar Nazar (Gogi). Every winter warm shawls are given to all girls of one school.
Typically, a Zoya Science School is built and supported by the friends and family of Zoya Khawaja on land given by the community. To date, the family of Zoya Khawaja has given over Rs 70 million to the schools, most of it routed through the Zoya Science Schools Network (ZSSN), a Section 42 Company registered with the Securities and Exchange Commission of Pakistan. ZSSN does not seek financial aid from foreign agencies/governments. After a period of support from the friends and family of Zoya Khawaja the schools become self-financing and self-governing under a Nigran Committee made comprising of residents of villages supported by Zoya schools. When the Schools partner with Punjab Education Foundation they become financially independent, as well independent of ZSSN.
ZSSN is governed by its Directors:
Directors and Chief Executive
Ayesha Sarmad, Director
Supports Zoya Science Schools and Sewing Centers and promotes education of underprivileged children, especially girls, vocational training and public health in underserved communities.
Khwaja Yaldram, Director
Is Professor of Nanoscience and Technology. He has a Tripos degree in Physics from Cambridge University, England, and Phd from University Louis Pasteur Strasbourg, France, and over 60 publications in international journals. He was Chairman (Grade-22), Pakistan Council for Science and Technology/Secretary National Commission for Science & Technology, Islamabad; and Secretary PAEC; Associate Member ICTP (Italy) during 1983-1989, Visiting Scientist at the University of Mainz (Germany), and Director Research, IPCMS, University Louis Pasteur, France. His awards include PINSTECH Gold Medal in 1993, National Book Foundation medal in 1991-93 and Pride of Performance of Government of Pakistan, 1998.
Sarmad Khawaja, Director, Chief Executive
His last appointment was Senior Economist in the International Monetary Fund (1994-2010) based in Washington. He was the IMF’s Resident Representative in Tajikistan (2006-2009) and Adviser in Kyrgyzstan (1996-1999), Senior Researcher at the Institute of Social Studies at The Hague, Netherlands (1990-1993), Chief of Research at the Pakistan Institute of Development Economics, Islamabad (1980-1989), Visiting Professor at the Institute of Economics and Business, Bergen, Norway and Post-Doctoral Fellow at Harvard University (1985-86), USA. He co-authored two books and several papers on Economics/Statistics, edited and published the book Pakistan, Islam and the Spirit of Revolution by Prof K. Masud and wrote its Introduction, and Volumes I and 2 of Islam Aur Rawadari by A. Din Nafees and wrote their introductions, a science booklet for children Earth’s Circumference, 2016 and wrote and published posters on Children’s Rights, Blind Dolphin, various ways to measure Earth’s Circumference, Pythagoras Theorem, etc. He is producing a children’s opera in Seraiki Nawan Sij (New Sun) about how a girl finds out how big is the earth in Zoya Science School with music of Beatles, Bonnie M, Beethoven, Lloyd Weber, Indian and Pakistan songs.
Peter & Co., Chartered Accountants, Islamabad
Syed Mustafa Ali, Lawyer/Advocate.
Bank of Punjab, F-8 Markaz, Islamabad
Account No. (IBAN) PK81 BPUN 2910 0500 0772 0008