It gives me great pleasure to introduce myself as the Principal of our illustrious Academy, Sheikh Zayed International Academy-Islamabad, a one-of-a-kind academic institution that was established by H.H. Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al-Nahyan, the Late President of the U.A.E. His prime objective in building this institution was to provide quality education of an international standard in his beloved second home, Pakistan.
I have been heading this academic institution since April 2003. Since the passing of His Highness, our Academy has been operated by H.H. Sheikh Mansoor bin Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, the Minister of Presidential Affairs, the U.A.E. and its running is overseen by the Board of Trustees of SZIA which is headed by H.E. Sultan Dahi Al Hmeiri, Chairman of the Board.
Sheikh Zayed International Academy-Islamabad opened its doors to a population of 65 students on September 1, 2003. Since then, our Academy has grown by leaps and bounds in all respects. At present, we have aproximately 300 students of thirty different nationalities who have given life to the dream that His Highness Sheikh Zayed held many years ago.
Our greatest strength, by far, is the ‘internationalism’ of our student body, curricula and our teaching faculty and administrative staff. Together, they make Sheikh Zayed International Academy-Islamabad a unique force in education, one that holds recognition and acclaim around the world from our Academy’s distinction in 2004 of being the first and only Cambridge University/London Exdexcel-accredited ‘A’ Category Examinations Centre in Pakistan through to the repeated successes that our students have achieved at the numerous national and international competitions they have been entering since the opening of the Academy.
Internally, we are also proud of the many services and facilities that make ours a dynamic, technologically up-to-date academic institution that is conducive to optimum learning by all students. Regardless of their scholastic acumen and abilities, the students at our Academy receive the professional attention they need as we make it a point to cater to individual needs, student by student. In addition, the Administration at Sheikh Zayed International Academy-Islamabad is keen to continually reinforce the ‘home-school connection’ as it recognizes the value of making education and character development the cornerstone between educators and parents for the ultimate benefit of our students, their children, respectively.
As I reflect on our Academy’s growth thus far, I marvel as I remember where we were and, as I realize where we are now, I can only express my sincere gratitude to H.H. Sheikh Mansoor and the Board of Trustees for their unwavering guidance and support, to our teaching faculty members for their dedication, to our parents for their continued cooperation and, to our vibrant students, who make every day at Sheikh Zayed International Academy-Islamabad a joyful, challenging, rewarding experience! I welcome you to journey with us now as you view this website and enter a world of education where only the sky is the limit–as you visit Sheikh Zayed International Academy-Islamabad!
Wafaa Abdul Ghaffar, Principal
Established in 2003, Sheikh Zayed International Academy-Islamabad is a privately-owned co-educational, international day school which offers premium-quality education of an international standard to students from Playgroup to Grade 12 level and, hence, enjoys the reputation of being one of the most prestigious academic institutions in Pakistan.
Almost since the inception of this Academy, we have enrollment from all over the world. Our student body reflects today twenty two different nationalities.
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SZIA was awarded candidacy in all three IB Educational programs in February 2015 – Diploma program, MYP ,PYP. SZIA was the only school in Pakistan to opt for all three programs at one time.
In a short span of time, one year of hard work, the Diploma Program was authorized by IB in 2016. Subsequently, PYP and MYP Programs were granted authorization recently in May and June 2019 with noteworthy commendations from the IB.
The IB Diploma Program will empower the students to meet the challenges of the twenty first century, as it aims to develop in them significant breadth and depth of knowledge which will ensure that students flourish physically, intellectually, emotionally, socially and ethically.
The MYP encourages students to become creative, critical, and reflective thinkers and is designed to prepare students for the DP. Additionally, the MYP emphasizes intellectual challenge, encouraging students to make connections between their studies in traditional subjects and the real world. In its own way, the MYP fosters the development of skills for communication, intercultural understanding, and global engagement- essential qualities for young learners to become global leaders.
Sheikh Zayed International academy is an IB PYP candidate school. The IB Primary Years Programme (PYP) is the curriculum framework designed for students ages three to twelve (Preschool to Grade 5). It aims to develop the intellectual, psychological and physical potential of each child in a thought provoking environment. A propulsive dynamic behind the PYP is the philosophy of international mindedness. It strives to cultivate young minds with integrity, empathy and compassion empowering them to metamorphosis into global citizens, who are galvanized to bring positive changes in this world.
The students become influential communicators and principled yet balanced and open-minded inquirers who are risk takers and reflective thinkers which makes them all the more caring.
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The mission of Sheikh Zayed International Academy-Islamabad is to help our students to become positive-thinking citizens who use knowledge and experience to develop their countries and to be active citizens in making a better future world. To this end, our main aim is to help our students grow as responsible, knowledgeable, thinking adults who retain their culture and traditions and, at the same time, respect all other nations, races and religions.
Education is a step towards the future. We aim for a healthy environment that positively affects our students’ scheme of thinking and interaction.
Our main objectives are:
1: To teach the fundamental processes that lead to academic excellence in all aspects of the Academy’s program by:
2: To develop an appreciation of the Arab cultural heritage and to encourage an appreciation of other cultures by:
3: To develop critical thinking by:
4: To develop a link in education by:
5: To encourage worthy membership in society by:
6: To encourage constructive use of leisure time by:
7: To help students develop a sense of self-identity and integrity by:
Sheikh Zayed International Academy-Islamabad is affiliated with both Cambridge International University and London Edexcel, the two premiere boards of education in the United Kingdom, after receiving the dual accreditation in March 2004. At that time, our Academy was the first and only academic institution in Pakistan that had been designated as an ‘A’-Category Examinations Center.
Since then, our scope of curricula has been extended as that of Cambridge International has been incorporated at virtually every grade level as follows: Grades 1 to 5 International Primary Programme, Grades 6, 7 and 8 Cambridge International Checkpoint, Grades 9 and 10 IGCSE and for Grades 11 and 12 A-Level and AS Level.
Due to this unsurpassed accreditation and this solid, curricular foundation, every graduate of Sheikh Zayed International Academy-Islamabad has the opportunity to enroll in any college or university of her/his choice,in any country and under any academic system in the world!
Thus far, the results secured by our students who have written their Cambridge International Examinations have been very commendable: in 2006: 100% Pass, 44% A*s and A’s/ in 2007: 100% Pass, 61% A*s and A’s/ June/November 2008: 100% A’s in A-Level, 86% A’s in AS Level, 65% A’s and B’s in the IGCSE.