History

SECLUDED FROM THE REST OF INDIA AND THE WORLD SINCE CENTURIES


Until recently (2022) Zanskar valley remained snow-locked even from neighboring Leh and Kargil for most parts of the year since centuries. Extreme low temperatures (-25 C in winter)and absence of an all-weather road worked as an added disincentive against attracting experienced and talented government teachers from other parts of the State. That's why education remained the worst affected service in this region.

HOW THIS SCHOOL WAS BORN IN THE WILDERNESS OF A REMOTE SNOWLAND


Thanks to the commitment and initiative taken by some community members, a primary school was started in 1996 at Karsha-Yulsum village. The aim was to impart modern education through traditional ways of learning, preserving the traditions, language and social values of the community. A non-profit organization ‘Social Educational Cultural Preservation And Development Society (SECPAD)' was established to run the school and social activities in the region.

This is how ‘SECPAD MODEL SCHOOL, ZANSKAR’ was born. Financial support from a kind German tourist (Late) Ms. Marianne Athenstaedt and cooperation from the local community have kept the school functional throughout the year.

FROM A REMOTE VILLAGE TO A NATIONAL PARTICIPANT


As the students progressed in their studies, new higher classes were added to the school over the years. As a result of this gradual expansion the SECPAD School was upgraded to Middle School level in 2001 and to a High School in 2021 when it celebrated its 25th year of establishment. Currently there are 100 day-scholars and 70 hostelers.

The school follows the national ‘Three Language’ policy of imparting education in the local language (mother tongue) Tibetan/Ladakhi language which also known as 'Bhoti’ in addition to Hindi and English which are the supplementary language as per the national 'Three Language' policy.

The school and SECPAD feel proud of the fact that we have produced more than 200 bright and successful students from this remote corner of India who have moved on to get admissions in India’s respected universities and specialized institutions of higher learning and training.

We find our efforts and hard work paid back when we see most of our students occupying responsible positions in various national establishments, dignified occupations and contributing to the local social and economic life in a big way. Many of them occupy respectable positions in the local administration, various organizations and in the larger business world.

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