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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.

DZMS is the only School in its category in the province / country which has proudly achieved the following standards:

  • Spoken English from age seven up (100 %)
  • Independent thinking approach from age four up
  • Child Centered Learning methodologies from beginning
  • Every child a public speaker in English and Urdu languages after age six
  • Every child capable of doing project work after age nine
  • Art and current affairs part of the curriculum
  • Best used library from age seven up and books lent
  • Introduction to computers from age eight up
  • Best teacher-student ratio
  • Cool School (conflict resolution by students)


DZMS Tarkha Branch

Tarkha Village is adjacent to village Ali Shah (the birthplace of Dr. Zareef Khan). It is a privilege for ZKF to be able to open a branch of its school in Tarkha in a purpose built building.

School was opened on 06 April 2009 and till date, 132 children are admitted in Nursery (age 4) to class 4 (age 9). In April 2012, the new year term will start with one step rise of each class. Hence the senior most class will be 5th.

Ten women were invited to attend fifty contact hours of BASIC TEACHER TRAINING in the Tarkha branch building from 21 to 30th March 2009. Five of the best trained teachers were / are selected for the job. At present there are nine female teachers who are providing top class education. Four staff members are in the administration.


ZKF Technical Education & Sports Complex (Phase- I) :

Dr. Zareef Memorial School has been functioning in a rented building for over two decades.
In the first phase, 5.5 acres of land has been acquired opposite the Peshawar Toll Plaza on M-1 motorway at the cost of approx Rs.600 million from the kind donation of a ZKF Patron Ms. Angelika Weller. The perimeter wall costing Rs.1.6 mio is also completed. Further funds need to be raised to finance the buildings and the infrastructure.
It is planned to construct a new building for school in a clean and healthy environment. The new building should be designed to meet all the school needs and the premises should have enough space for play grounds and parking etc & should be big enough to accommodate 1000 students.
It is also planned that separate units for Vocational Training and Teacher Training should also be built in the new school and the whole facility be called ZKF Technical Education & Sports Complex which should be registered with the Technical Education Board so that after class six Technical Education is offered to both boys and girls. This change in direction was necessitated to induce the students to adopt a technical skill and also add dignity to skilled work.

Sports activities will include the following:

a) Promote sporting activities as a speciality which other schools are not providing.

b) Grounds will be used for nurturing sporting talent of the district / province to produce future champions in Boxing, Martial Arts, Football, and Cricket initially and guide them in the future how to be professionals.

c) Services of a National School Cricket Champion team coach as well as services of former Captains and Coaches of Pakistan Football team are at hand.

Friends of DZMS

. Kamal Majidulla (Karachi)

. Ferozeh Kamal (Karachi)

. Sohail Usman Ali (Karachi)

. Maj (R) Arif Hashmi (Karachi)

. Dr. Sohaib Zareef (Karachi)

. Ibrahim Shinwari (Peshawar)