Our History

Sheikh Zayed Children Welfare Centre

The school was a brainchild of Sheikh Zayed Children’s Welfare Centre under The Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan Charitable and Humanitarian Foundation of Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates. Therefore, the school is fully owned and managed by the Zayed Foundation via the Registered Trustees of Sheikh Zayed Children’s Welfare Centre. It was officially opened on 10th May same year by the late Honorable Shariff Nassir, former Member of Parliament for Mvita Constituency.

Then, the school was a small orphanage with just 18 staff and 14 children seeking refuge. It was a haven for lost souls.

Three dedicated teachers, Mwanahawa Omar, Kassim Kadhi, and Kombo Hassan, planted the first seeds of knowledge. Qur’an verses echoed at dawn and dusk, filling the young hearts with warmth. Early mornings buzzed with lessons from 7:30 am to 4:00 pm, shaping little minds under the desert sun.

But the seed blossomed. Fee-paying students sprouted alongside the orphans. The school grew, year after year, becoming a vibrant oasis for 1412 students today.

Tens of destitute orphans find solace here, nurtured by hundreds of boarders and day scholars. It’s a testament to Zayed’s vision, a community blooming where once stood loneliness.

Today, Zayed School hums with activity. Grades 6-8 rise with the sun, reporting at 7:00 am, while Grades 1-5 follow soon after at 7:30 am. Learning dances through the day until 3:50 pm for younger ones and 5:15 pm for the older crew. Saturdays offer a shorter journey, ending at 12:40 pm for all.

Zayed School is more than just classrooms and schedules. It’s a legacy of compassion, a testament to the power of education, and a vibrant community where hearts and minds blossom together.