Foundation and History
The first ever Pak Turk educational institution was established in April 1995 as Boys Branch in Islamabad through mutually signed educational agreements and NOCs issued by the Government of Pakistan, through the Ministries of Education and Foreign Affairs besides the endorsement of the EAD on 30 October 1999 that placed the Pak Turk International Schools & Colleges under the auspices of the Pak Turk International Cag Educational Foundation (Pak Turk ICEF), an international Turkish non-governmental organization that is being funded by the donations rendered by altruistic Turkish philanthropists from all walks of life. Currently, 14 branches of Pak Turk International Schools & Colleges with a total strength of more than 3000 students are operating in Islamabad, Lahore, Karachi, Khairpur Mirs, Multan, Peshawar and Quetta.
April 1997 saw the opening of the first ever Pre School and Junior Branch of the Pak Turk International Schools & Colleges in Islamabad.
In August 1997, Karachi Branch was opened. In August 1999, Islamabad Girls Branch was opened to meet the pressing demands. Later, in September 2000, the Quetta Branch of Pak Turk International School branch was opened.
Pak Turk ICEF opened the Lahore Branch of Pak Turk International Schools & Colleges in September 2001. Within the frame of the Adopt-a-School Scheme initiated by the Ministry of Education, Government of Pakistan, Pak Turk ICEF adopted schools in Sindh, Balochistan, NWFP and Punjab.
Through an MoU signed with the District Government of Khairpur Mirs, Pak Turk ICEF opened Pak Turk International Schools & Colleges’ Khairpur Branch at Former Colonel Shah Hostel Building on 16 April 2002. April 2003 saw the educational lease and opening of the Multan Branch of Pak Turk ICEF at Khanewal Road. In April 2004 Lahore Islampura Branch was opened to meet the overwhelming demands.
October 2005 had been a turning point for Pak Turk ICEF likewise for the nation of Pakistan. Rising to the challenge of the devastating earthquake as an international foundation, Pak Turk ICEF encouraged the Turkish public opinion’s humanitarian vein to rush for the help of the earthquake-affectees. Collaborating with the Kimse Yok Mu Aid and Solidarity Association of Turkey, Pak Turk ICEF became the first ever international foundation to reach the earthquake zone a day after the disaster as well as hauling 40-tons of relief goods including the tents, bedding and winter clothing besides the food supplies.
NEW PERIOD WITH 2006
Conscious of the toll taken by the school-going children of the earthquake-affected regions as well as the collapsed educational infrastructure, Pak Turk ICEF mobilized the Turkish public opinion’s concerns for uplifting the education and social welfare of the students in these regions. Having pledged with the People and Government of Pakistan for this cause, Pak Turk ICEF in collaboration with the Kimse Yok Mu Aid and Solidarity Association, completed the construction of10 state-of-the-art prefabricated school buildings that were erected on the sites of the collapsed schools in Muzaffarabad, Balakot and Mansehra. The entire educational furniture, setup and equipment of these schools were flown from Turkey and were assembled in record time to be inaugurated by the Former PM of AJK, Sardar Sikandar Hayat Khan with the Former Ambassador of Turkey Hasan Kemal Gur in May 2006. These schools were submitted to the jurisdiction of the educational authorities in AJK and NWFP.
During the second half of the year 2006, as per the pressing needs and the ever-increasing student strength, Pak Turk ICEF ventured into constructing the state-of-the-art purpose-built school and college campuses in Islamabad, Lahore, Peshawar and Quetta. On 9 December 2006, the foundation stone was placed at the construction of the Lahore Pak Turk International Schools & Colleges Campus by His Excellency Lt Gen (Retd) Khalid Maqbool, Governor Punjab. On 9 February 2007, the Peshawar Campus’ foundation stone was placed by His Excellency Lt Gen (Retd) Ali Muhammad Jan Aurakzai, Governor NWFP. The foundation stone of the Islamabad Pak Turk International Schools & Colleges Campus was placed by His Excellency Lt Gen (Retd) Javed Ashraf Qazi, Federal Minister for Education on 15 February 2007 on a function honoured by His Excellency Ismail Alptekin, Deputy Speaker of the Turkish Grand National Assembly as well as by a number of distinguished bureaucrats, educationists, businessmen from Pakistan and Turkey. As the construction works are almost complete, the Islamabad, Lahore and Peshawar campuses are scheduled to be opened for education by August 2007, making them ready for the 2007-2008 Academic Year. By the second half of the year 2007, Quetta Branch’s foundation laying is projected to take place.
Right from 1995 to this date, Pak Turk International Schools & Colleges crown the quality education in Pakistan with a distinctive fashion of education that puts human in the core and acts on the sublime values that bridge Pakistan and Turkey as “Two Countries, One Nation,” weaving in and out the shuttle of love, tolerance and reconciliation for exalting the essence of the human element as a solution to the local and global problems through the unifying language of education.