Founded in 1983, by Mr. Ahmed Dawood, in his mission to propagate education in Pakistan, Dawood Public School (DPS) is a trust owned institution that offers sound education to over 2500 girls today.
Dawood Public School is considered to be one of the premium education institutions in Karachi, which encourages learners to exceed set educational standards. It boasts a well established reputation of producing excellent academic results, with the Cambridge International Examination (CIE) O and A Level pass rate, consistently exceeding 100% every year.
Dawood Public School offers a highly developed and holistic educational programme, which accommodates young girls from 10 months to 19 years, in the following sections.
Dawood Public School promotes and implements the Cambridge approach to education and aims to develop learners who are:
confident in working with information and ideas, their own and those of others
responsible for themselves, responsive and respectful of others
reflective as learners themselves,
developing their ability to learn
innovative and equipped for new and future challenges
engaged intellectually and socially, and ready to make a difference in the world.
Every student of DPS is nurtured to explore and cultivate her aptitude, interests and skills. The school’s vision is to expand this ethos to include all people associated with the institution so as to create a ‘Learning Community’, a communal network, whose members are worthy role models for others; confident, well rounded, possessing values of integrity and sensitivity to the plight of others, displaying common sense and recognition of their position and their roles amongst their families and in the development of their Country and the world, at large.
The School, over the last year:
We began 2015 with heavy hearts. The whole country was in mourning and indeed traumatised by the brutality that was inflicted on our bright young children and teachers in Peshawar. It brought to the fore how precious our children are and how imminent danger is. In the aftermath, schools all over Pakistan have had to focus on improving their security. We, at DPS, are grateful to you the parents for helping us in ramping up the security for our precious ones through your patience, suggestions and support. This has been an ongoing process, which we will continue to work on. We have sought the help of the police and are in constant communication with them to prioritise the surveillance around the school. We have invested substantial sums to ensure that all the peripheral walls are up to the maximum height, are barbed wired and under constant observation. Furthermore, we have created new emergency exits and staircases in our buildings.
Moving into the year, we have inducted emergency trainings for teachers and students which we plan to continue into the ensuing year. The system of (Parents’ Authorisation Card) PACs has been installed and initiated and these cards will be issued to all parents by the beginning of next year. All staff members are now on a biometric system through which they are allowed access into the school.
Coming to the competitions and co-curricular activities, we are proud of our students’ achievements. Our bright young girls participated in the International English Kangaroo Competition and won 20 gold medals from across Pakistan. In the International Maths Kangaroo, our students obtained 2 silver medals and 2 bronze medals. In the CIMA Quiz Competition DPS students secured 1st and 3rd positions out of 73 schools from across Karachi. In the Inter School Maths Olympiad (ISMO), conducted by Pak Turk School, in which 9,000 students participated, DPS students secured the 3rd, 6th, 7th and 9th positions as well as cash prizes.
Our students have gained international exposure this year by participating in an International Throw ball Tournament in Dubai and stood 3rd. Payal Ramesh and Warisha Murad were selected for an exchange program to India by the Citizens Archive of Pakistan (CAP). Our student, Areeba Fatima was selected for ‘Chime for Change’ by Shermeen Obaid Chinoy (SOC) films as one of the talented and inspirational girls of Pakistan and her two minute video
‘Areeba’s Dream’ was screened in celebration of the International Day of the Girl on October
11,th 2014 in New York.
DPS has always taken pride of being a pioneer Green School, and each year the school tries to improve its practices to benefit or create awareness of the environment. This year, DPS was rated the most eco-friendly school and was declared the winner of ‘Junior Green School Championship’ by WWF. We participated in the WWF carnival and won 2nd place over all. The DHA flower show brought another victory by placing us 2nd in the School Garden category. Our DPS A level student, Rabia Imran secured the Cambridge International Examination ‘Top in Karachi’ distinction in A level Environmental Management in May-June 2014. Shumaila Amjad, another A level student was the winner of the ‘Speak for Green Radio Championship’ for composing the best radio promo and qualifying each round of the competition with spontaneous confidence and keen interest. In December 2014, she hosted the two hour radio program ’Taza Dum’
Our artistic students were also able to compete against students from 26 schools across Karachi and were awarded 1st and 3rd position in the SIUT Art competition. Rehma Ahmad of class III won 2nd position for both her entries in the drawing competition organized by Paramount Books. DPS was amongst the winning schools of the art competition ‘My Vision for Peace’ at ‘I am Karachi-Teach for Peace’ conference hosted by SPELT at DPS.
In the field of sports, the school held a Sports Day where students, parents and teachers participated fully. We were also able to organise an Inter School Sports Tournament in which 27 leading schools of Karachi participated. Our students were also able to secure the Reflection Trophy in the Reflections School Interschool Throw Ball Tournament after competing with 16 teams from across Karachi. Furthermore, our students volunteered in the Karachi Literature Festival and in the Children’s Literature Festival. We organised a fund raising carnival earlier in the year and were able to donate Rs. 500,000 to Teach for Pakistan, a project of the Aman Foundation. Clubs and societies were launched to provide a proactive platform where students are engaged in diverse activities to exhibit their talent in various disciplines such as Urdu and English Linguistics, Sports, Science, IT, Music and Art. Events were held in the year by the D- Cosine ‘Dawood Convention of Scientific Innovation and Noetic Enterprises’ to test the scientific and innovative skills of our students and a tribute to the great poet Mirza Ghalib was conducted by The Urdu society.