• Sardar Danish Zaman

A Neglected Living Heritage

KARACHI: G.G.S.S Hajiyani Hanifa Bai is named after Sir Abdullah Haroon, a revolutionary politician from the subcontinent. The school was established in 1924. The 93-year old school has a history of its own and it must be part of Pakistan’s living heritage. The school was founded as a community school, but during nationalization it became government property till today. The building is considered as a rental school building because of which the government is not interested in rebuilding the school. Despite its rich history, the school suffers from a shortage of students, the double-story building has only 37 students with eight teachers to teach them and just six classrooms out of which 4 rooms are in running condition. Once there was a hub of vocational training and girls’ stitching classes were held. A school official, who requested not to be named, said “If the student shortage is going on in the school this may lead to the students being shifted to any nearby secondary school.” Now, it is necessary to take some serious steps not only to furnish the building bur also enhance the level of study to protect this living heritage in the society. Sindh High Court Chief Justice Ahmed Ali Sheikh also took notice of the dilapidated condition of government schools buildings in different districts of the province. He directed concerned officials to submit a report on any ongoing rehabilitation work.


Sardar Danish Zaman is a participant from Sultanabad - Hijrat Colony. He in interested in reporting and photography.


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