Founded in 1986 by Imtiaz Nawaz (the grandmother of Dawud’s wife Ayesha), the Al-Imtiaz Academy is a school located in Abbottabad, Pakistan. Encompassing three campuses (elementary school / girls high school / boys high school) the academy now accommodates over 1000 students.
Our school’s motto is “Aim High” and we strive to create future leaders. The words Al-Imtiaz come from Arabic, meaning “The Distinguished”, “The Honoured”, and “The Excellent”.
Al Imtiaz Academy emphasizes the development of “whole” students who are mentally, physically, socially and spiritually dynamic. We nurture creativity and problem solving skills, analytical and critical thinking skills, effective communication skills, collaborative working skills, self confidence, self-direction, life-long learning, social activism and leadership potential.
Al Imtiaz Academy is a no profit/no loss educational initiative, supported primarily through tuition fees and a family managed trust fund ~ fed in part by Wharnsby’s musical work. Tuition fees of approximately half the student body are subsidized through the trust fund, as are the post secondary educational fees for selected top female students.
Dawud’s annual performance income is split three ways:a fixed portion toward his family’s personal living expenses, a fixed portion toward his ongoing artistic production and the remainder toward Al Imtiaz Academy. Al Imtiaz Academy Trust is also the primary beneficiary of Dawud’s album sales and royalties.