Dr. Zareef Memorial School (DZMS) is one of the pioneer non-profit projects of the ZKF established in 1988 at 1-Nishtarabad. From September 1995 to June 2015, It had moved to a rented building and now it has been reshifted back to 1-Nishtarabad.
In the year 2000, its name was changed as the Dr. Zareef Memorial School (DZMS)
which gradually grew up to the usual Matriculation level (Class-10) by 1999. DZMS had a strength of 680 mixed students on its rolls upto 2012 but by April 2014, it came down to 200 when the new session started. This was due to certain policy changes by the management which included bringing down the level of the School to Class-7 from 10. The mission of DZMS is to impart good quality education to the children of lower middle & middle class citizens of mostly the eastern periphery of Peshawar and also building the wholesome personality of the students. The medium of instruction in the school is strictly English.
In 1991, Ms. Amanda Edwards and in 1992, Mrs. Margaret Edwards from UK volunteered to head the school for one year each. Ms. Muffin and Mr.John Darren Green from the UK had also volunteered as teachers in this school in the years 1991 and 2000 respectively.
Since April 1994, Sr. Patricia Kennedy who was an Australian Volunteer was heading the School as the Principal, Advisor, Teacher Trainer and the moving spirit behind the establishment of the sister institution called ERIC. She had trained a team of local teachers who are able to run workshops for teachers in ERIC in English as well as in native languages of Urdu and Pashto.
In the year 2000, Sr. Kennedy was instrumental in raising funds back home to establish a top of the range (P-II) computer lab with nine PCs / Units which were linked by networking. Since 2010, the computers were upgraded to Pentium IV. It was commissioned and named Kennedy Computer Lab. She was also instrumental in raising funds and collecting books for the library which boasts nearly 5000 books by now.
Since 2004, cool school practices are adopted in DZMS where children resolve their own disputes and differences through the mediators from amongst themselves who have been trained by their teachers. In January 2004, all teachers were trained by a Professor of Canterbury University in New Zealand where such schools are called the “Cool Schools”. This concept was originally developed in Nova Scotia, Canada.
The school policy endeavours to produce such youth who will seriously consider to adopt the professions in the field of Biodiversity, Teaching and Sports besides others. Field trips to wildlife parks, pheasantries, industries and museums are organised besides art and speeches on the subject. DZMS mission may seem different then most schools in Pakistan because it aims to build the personality of a child as a whole rather than only bookish knowledge.