Teaching peace: Karachi High School principal wins UN award for work

Published: April 2, 2012
Parveen Kassim, the principal of the Karachi High School. PHOTO: EXPRESS

Parveen Kassim, the principal of the Karachi High School. PHOTO: EXPRESS

KARACHI: Parveen Kassim, the principal of the Karachi High School, has won the global educators award at the 7th annual United Nations conference on Teaching Peace and Human Rights that concluded on Friday.

In particular, Kassim’s work as the chairperson of the International Schools Educational Olympiad (ISEO) was commended.

The two-day conference gathered teachers, administrators, future leaders and non-governmental organisations from across the world to acknowledge leadership in education. It served to highlight the role of educationists from Karachi, Chennai, Burnaby, Mexico City, Manila, and the US, whilst highlighting inspiring initiatives world-wide towards promoting and teaching peace within classrooms.

Kassim was nominated for her contribution over the last two decades towards bridging distances, and gathering students from Pakistan and across the world, including youth from India, the UK and Australia on a single platform to boost shared learning, competition and healthy interaction through the yearly ISEO. The award acknowledges her commitment to promote innovation in education in Pakistan by extending learning across borders and beyond the realms of the classroom.

Kassim was also acknowledged for Karachi High School’s active partnership with the British Council’s Connecting Classroom initiative aimed at forging lasting partnerships among schools in the UK with others around the world.

Published in The Express Tribune, April 2nd, 2012.

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Reader Comments (27)

  • Mirza
    Apr 2, 2012 - 7:41AM

    This is exactly what Pakistan needs rather than the madarsas. Kudos to the few who are still doing their best for the nation.


  • Khalid Raza
    Apr 2, 2012 - 9:56AM

    Educationists like Parveen Kassim, can do a lot to promote thinking: “about peace” in Pakistan. We are proud to have her in Karachi working as a principal in one of the best schools of Pakistan. I pray for her longer life and best health. I also appreciate the work of UN in Pakistan for promoting “Teaching Peace” in Pakistan..


  • Truth Teller
    Apr 2, 2012 - 10:54AM

    Bravo! Finally some good news. Congragulations, We are very proud of you.


  • Yusra
    Apr 2, 2012 - 10:59AM



  • N.M Mitha
    Apr 2, 2012 - 12:48PM

    Good piece of information to read in such a depression days.

    Good Work Parveen Sahiba


  • pervaiz memon
    Apr 2, 2012 - 1:11PM

    wonderful , salute to her but it is embarrassing to us that we can not recognizing her until world reward her .


  • Mohammad
    Apr 2, 2012 - 3:50PM

    Thank you, this is wonderful and better than Oscar of Sharmin Obaid Chinoy!


  • Maaz
    Apr 2, 2012 - 5:45PM

    Why do some of you hate the madrassas so much? I myself am from The City School, but you should know that we need madrassas for the needs that conventional schools cannot accomplish. If you do not want to get Islamic education, fine. Just dont hate on others, cos they are still loyal to the faith.


  • Farhan Feroz
    Apr 2, 2012 - 5:52PM

    Great job…, wish you all the best.


  • Muhammad Abdullah
    Apr 2, 2012 - 7:24PM

    Great Job mashaAllah. It is really a joy to see women excelling in every walk of life in Pakistan. Keeping in mind the restrictions, society, male dominance etc etc it is really a tough ask but still the succeed. Hats off to our mothers and sisters.


  • Mohammad Ali Siddiqui
    Apr 2, 2012 - 11:49PM

    Parveen Kassim, the principal of the Karachi High School is standing and showing the light to the youth at the end of the tunnel.


  • Adnan Khiyani
    Apr 3, 2012 - 1:41AM

    She has given a lot more that education to the students, I am proud to be a part of the run. She really deserved it. We love you Mrs Kassim.


  • munir moosa
    Apr 3, 2012 - 11:59AM

    It’s Wonderful & I’m proud to be the part of khs.


  • Fawad Ahmed
    Apr 3, 2012 - 2:14PM

    I have been in Karachi high school graduated back in 2005, to be honest with you all Mrs.Qasim has truly treated every student like a mother… her efforts her hardwork has truly paid offf… award or no award she has earned respect in the heartf of every student of KHS,,, and im proud of calling the best principal i have ever seen in life.


  • Abbas
    Apr 3, 2012 - 3:01PM

    I was really proud to be a student of Karachi High Scool. Mrs Kassim has created an image for her students and I from my bottom of the heart pray for her long life.


  • Apr 3, 2012 - 6:49PM

    She is our principle :))))))))))))))))


  • Apr 3, 2012 - 6:50PM

    I m proud to be a student of Karachi High School :))))))))))))


  • Nabeel Naeem
    Apr 3, 2012 - 7:15PM

    Simply doing great work in the field of education. Commendable and applaudable and a UN award says all. Always have been proud of going to KHS and the 11 years in which I studied there have been the best years of my academic life.


  • Fowzan ALi
    Apr 3, 2012 - 8:01PM

    I am proud of my mam
    May Allah give her a long life.(((((Ameen)))))


  • Fowzan ALi
    Apr 3, 2012 - 8:05PM

    I am really proud to be the student of KHS..


  • Faizy Hanif
    Apr 4, 2012 - 9:46AM

    Proud to be a KHS Student … May Mrs. Kassim live longer :)


  • Murtaza Shoaib
    Apr 4, 2012 - 10:31PM

    oyee hoyee .. congragulations ma’am, I am proud to be part of KHS, may Allah give you long life, ameen! :)


  • Apr 5, 2012 - 2:50PM

    I’m so proud of been her student! God Bless you Mam
    Long Live Mrs. Kassim Long Live KHS :)


  • Sohail Khan
    Apr 6, 2012 - 6:05PM

    Great, the nation needs such devoted & talented teachers to build the character of our youth.Recommend

  • Aamir fareed
    Apr 10, 2012 - 12:58PM

    Madam I am really proud of u and I feel proud to be ur student


  • Ch Shahzad
    Apr 25, 2012 - 12:47PM

    Asslam o Allaikum, it is quite gud that we r hearing gud news abt PAK. May ALLAH guide her.
    Why some of u r objectioning madrassas? When muslims were on edge there were madrassas where scientific n religious both educations were compulsory… With the invasion of subcontinen this was al stoped immediately… Ane these our english men start to make diff madrasas which were only teaching religion,and they make uni etc for worldly education. They themself make 1st madrasas.
    The only objection i hav with madrasas is to review their course bcoz they shld have to go with wat there fathers were going. Plz try to understand westerners mentality “divide n rule” . And i m also surprised with “inferiorty complex of ppls of subcontinent”

    Both educations r necessary for us even as muslims but our society hav been divided

    May ALLAH protect us n give us hidaya…


  • Talha
    May 31, 2012 - 9:20PM

    She is our principle :))))))))))))))))


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