Pearl Valley Public School and College was the pilot project of Kashmir Education Foundation. It is located at Rawalakot, Azad Kashmir for which a piece of land measuring over 3 acres was donated by the Trustees. The school started functioning on August 14, 1996 and currently has classes up to 12th grade. In line with KEF’s policy, new intake is limited to class Prep only. It is a non-residential day school where children from underprivileged areas of Rawalakot and surrounding villages (covering an area of 200 square kilometers with a population of over 100,000 people) are admitted on merit basis, with girls comprising 50% of the total number.
Because of the low income levels of the parents, tuition fees are heavily subsidized by the Foundation. According to the philosophy of the Foundation, once a child gets selected on merit he or she becomes entitled to admission in the school and financially supported by the Foundation to the extent his or her parents are unable to meet the school expenses.
PVPS&C has all the modern educational facilities for the students including library (with over 15,000 books), Science labs, computer lab, language lab, audio-visual facility, arts and crafts room, gymnasium, auditorium and play grounds.
A large number of individuals and organizations have helped the Foundation in setting up and running Pearl Valley Public School & College. This includes British Council and the United Kingdom Voluntary Services Overseas –VSO (www.vso.org.uk ). VSO provided the school with highly qualified British teachers and trainers. The first three principals of the school were volunteer lady teachers from UK. In addition Australian Volunteers International has also provided volunteers for the School.
As part of Global School Partnership Scheme, PVPS has established links with Acklam Grange School and Valentines High School in UK and since 2008 two of its students visit these schools on a four week study tour every year.
Initially, the teachers of Pearl Valley Public School & College were trained in Ali Institute of Teacher Training, Lahore. In 2000, KEF set up an Institute of Teacher Education at Rawalakot, AJ&K right adjacent to PVPS&C to train female graduates as English medium primary school teachers for PVPS& C. A hostel was also constructed near the School to accommodate the teaching staff and trainee teachers.
Pearl Valley Public School has proved to be a great success. In the Federal Board Exam of 2005, out of 30 students appearing in Class IX and X, 19 got A+ (over 80%) while 11secured A grade (over 70%). The School ranked 7th out of over 500 Schools affiliated with Federal Board. The PVPS had the rare distinction of achieving the highest GPA in matric exam amongst over 550 schools affiliated with the Federal Board in 2006 and second highest in 2007.
100% students have qualified with high grades in HSSC examination and a large number of students have been admitted for higher studies on merit in top professional universities including LUMS, NUST, Bahria and Cadet Colleges etc. – a unique distinction for rural children.
The teaching staff of the School was initially trained from Ali Institute of Teacher Training, Lahore. Since 2000 most of the teachers were trained in the Institute of Teacher Education (ITE) which was set up adjacent to PVPS to train female graduates