Gilgit-Baltistan, Pakistan; Hunza Valley.

Education on the roof of the world, at the foot of Karakoram. Hunza valley is surely known for its fruit orchards, lofty mountains, and panaromic meadows but less its known for the education which has enpowered the local community and sets an example for other areas.

Parents in Hunza are convinced that the best thing they can do for their children is to help them get a good education. There is a growing interest in higher education for girls. Parents are willing to send their daughters to distant cities e.g. Karachi, Lahore, Peshawar etc. for quality education thats why the literacy ration in Hunza is at 77% higher than most of the other areas of Pakistan. It is this approach that distinguishes Hunza from the rest of the Northern Areas and Pakistan.

Picture credits: Faizan Lakhani.

Bouquet of tranquillity: A winsome Shimshal lass clutches a handful of apple blossoms from a valley orchard. Fondness for the beauty that surrounds them and a generosity that touches the hearts of travelers still weave a gentle thread through the harsh slopes of the rapidly-changing Karakoram Mountains.

National Geographic - November, 1975

Fuel from apricots: In the waste-not, want-not tradition of the mountains, a girl kneads paste made from the nutlike seeds of the fruit. Oil extracted from the paste is used for cooking and fuel for lamps, or brightens the hair as a cosmetic.

National Geographic - November, 1975