Thu. Oct 29th, 2020

A letter from London

Hello Everyone in Gulmit

I lived in this wonderful village for 2 (1992-94) years and worked at Al Amyn.  I have so many amazing memories and have thought of all the amazing friends I made at that time.  Nusrat has been to visit me in England but otherwise I’ve managed to lose contact with everyone else.  I’ve looked at this website and hope that Zeeshan Ali and Pir Ali are old pupils of mine who have gone on to do great things.  There are so many more pupils who will now be influencing others.

As for me – I’m still teaching.  I am married with two children – Scarlet who is 5 and Jemima who is 1.  I live in Tunbridge Wells which is about an hour from London.

Love to everyone in Gulmit but especially my very dear friend Zareera.

Sophie Rees

21 thoughts on “A letter from London

  1. Respected Madam!
    Thank you for your letter.It shows your commitment for the development of the region and true sincerity with your students.We are proud of such teachers and thenk you for your services
    Sher Ali Aliabadi

  2. Hi
    Dear Sophie Rees

    It is not possible for Gulmiti people to forget you and your services you did for the Education in this Village, All Gulmit will remember & love you forever,

    Hi Scarlet, Hi Jemima, your mom did a great job in Gulmit, People Salute Your Mom

  3. dear sophie
    it was nice to hear frm u after a long long time it reallly shows ur sincerity towards the people of that region. n definitly its not possible for us to forget u n the time we had there with u when we were kids.
    your contributions for the education of Gulmit is unmatchable. we salute you for your services!!!!
    all my family members( specially fozia Ali Panah)are saying hi to u n to ur kids
    regards
    neelum nigar Ali Panah

  4. Dear Sophie Rees!
    Me, a social worker from village Moorkhoun. how is it possible we forget the builder of our generation like you and Mr. colter whom remain in Moorkhoun and taught in three villages i.e. Ghalapan, Moorkhoun & Jamalabad. He established the first comprehensive Library set-up, that was the Book Bank up to 7 years for the area Schools.
    We all salute u people and once again we well be come for ur such services for these remote mountanious people of Gilgit-Baltistan.
    Thankx for recalling the area and its people.

  5. Dear Miss Sophie,

    we are very pleased to hear from you after a long long time, thanks for remembering my mom and my elder bro Peer Ali, your message has been delivered to them over phone, they shown thier deep regards for you and your kids.
    we had another teacher Miss Annie at Al Azhar School Gilgit, hope she would be fine, my special regards to her.
    once again thanks for remebering all the Gulmitis

    Ali Anwar
    Diallog, CDMA

  6. When I was 5, My late father got admission in Al Amyn for me, and that was also the initial stage of Al Amyn. I was among the students whe got education from these teachers, Miss Sophie Rees, Mis Cerole, Sir Richerd Harris and Miss Suzuki.
    After my matriculation in 2005. I got admission in Aga Khan Higher Secondary School. It was my first english class in AKHSS, Sir Piyar Karim gave us a task to present about your first day at school. After my presentation, Sir said, “AL AMYN, Thats a institution, where students receive modern education including their carriculam and co carricular activities, and their english grammer is very good”. I was glad and thought that our seniors had made a goodwill in AKHSS and that was becose of THESE TEACHERS.
    In 2007 I did my intermediate and took admission in Government College University, Lahore. Here also one of our mam uses to say, English of the north strip students are better then these south. I mean the credit goes to our those teachers, who tought us in Al Amyn.
    MAM i ever time memorise and miss all the golden moments, like singing Hoki cocki, rouming around, playing, Group works etc. To my friends I use to say that I had spent my University Life in my school.
    Here is till the old craming system. How lucky we were that we learnt from you peoples.
    Love and regards to Scarlet and Jemima.

    Your Pupil
    Gohar Shah Ravian
    GC University, Lahore
    Email: gohar_shah66@yahoo.com
    gojaliravian@gmail.com

  7. nice to hear from you have nice good tiime there in england with your kids…

    DK

  8. Wow…… very inspiring job in Gulmit and now the same in England……. I was not your student but heared about you from your students. This your letter shows your sincerety and love. I hope you will do visit Gulmit again very soon and also bring some new proffisionals who may do the same job as you did.

    Bye

  9. Dear Mam…
    it is really a pleasent surprise to hear from you. We the formost senior students whenever meet talk about you and all the other beloved teachers and always feel proud of you people . The first batch of students are almost done with their studies and have qualified for different careers . We would love such teachers like you to be here so students can take much advantage for their bright future. Love for your kids.

    Nisar Ahmed

  10. Dear Miss sophie

    Thank,s 4 ur letter. we can not forget ur contrubution 4 al amyn school…. Hope 2 visit gulmit again. People in gulmit have never 4got u….

    Your pupil
    Ameen Ullah Saif
    ameensaif82@yahoo.com

  11. Dear Shophie Rees,
    I am so happy to hear from you as it not only shows your sincerety and fondness of gulmit Village and Al Amin School but also a great commitment to your profession. I used to be a kid at that time, its true when they say time flies and now I am doing my bachlors and hopefuly graduating next year. It seems a distant memory but I still miss those school years. We as students of Al amin School gulmit are thankful to teachers like you , ( Carole. Suzuki.)who taught us and helped & developed our education in this far flung region of Northern Areas where it was just the begining of English medium schools and we were the first to avail this chance. we as your students havn’t and won’t forget you or let you down.
    Congratulations for your wedding and the kids. I hope some day you might travel along this valley again and find it more flourished in education and much much better developed. Thanks also be to this internet globalization, that has connected not only people but memories too.
    wish you best of luck in your career and future endeavors,
    your student,

    Zaheer Ahmad bari,

  12. Dear Miss Sophie..
    Its great to hear from u, we have never 4got u. u r always in the hearts of the people of gulmit.. ur great contribution to the students of Al Amyn is un forgetable .. will rmmber u all the time.
    thanks
    Tariq rahim Baig

  13. Thank you Sophie for remembering AL Amyn.
    Was not a student or teacher at that time, but i know from my interactions with the community- the ex Chair Ghulamuddin, the BOG and the Educational Society activists at that time, you and the pioneer teachers contributed alot to bring quality and system to Al Amyn, specifically, and generally through the VSOs to all community based english medium schools in the region.

    Al Amyn is following the footsteps and produced some very good students and is generally rated as top 10 school in Gilgit Baltistan (Northern Areas).

    Though the secuirty situation in Pakistan is precarious at this juncture of history, while we enjoy a relative fragile peace in these mountains.

    The BOG, teachers and Alumni of Al Amyn will be ver happy if you may plan your visit to the area, once the security situation improves in Pakistan, hopefully by next year.

    I wonder, if VSOs might be able to come again and provide ‘second generation support’ to the community-based english medium schools, to push them to the next level of trajectory?

    Amin Beg

  14. Dear teacher, great to be acquainted with you after such a long period. We remember the time we spent together and the inspiration we received from your dedication and efforts as a teacher. Congratulations for getting married and having children. I am one of the students of the first batch of students of Al Amyn if you remember. I have just finished with my masters along with many other fellow students of the first batch. We attribute our success to the commitment and hard work of our teachers and more specifically to you. I would never forget some jolly moments including those when you used to lock us in the class room for not doing our home works and not let us go home until we do our home work. The people of Gulmit will never forget your commitment to the region. Thank you so much.

  15. Dear Miss Sophie

    Your letter took me back to Al Amyn once again ,and this time the feelings were extraordinary… those sweet dayz when we had such great teachers like you… i wish i could go to Al-Amyn once again..we had great time and beautiful memories with you …you taught us with great spirit and passion…and learning at Al-Amyn was fun.. when ever we classmates meet now ,most of the time we talk about Al-Amyn and our great teachers..we all love you guys very much.

    We were the senoir most students of Al Amyn.We have founded an Almuni called ALAMYNIKS.you can contact us through alamyniks@yahoogrops.com.we would love to hear from you and hope you will visit Al Amyn and gulmit again..

    best wishes

    fazal Abbas

  16. hi miss sophiee
    nice to read that u remember us all.
    we will never forget u as well.
    our love, best wishes, and prayers for u and ur childern.
    hope u will visit gulmit again in future

  17. Dear miss Sophie
    As the oldest students of Al Amyn School have expressed their feelings over your sincerity and commitment through your letter.. it shows your your sincerity with the people og Gojal..
    As all of the students have expressed their feelings of that time when you were with us at Al Amyn and we are proud to be ALAMYNIKS… Its that institution was our future builder and still we regard that as our young generation future builder, which was decorated by teachers like you and we all miss that moments which was spent with you..
    I am proud to say that i can speak some broken words in english and I thank all my teachers that they have made me trained about international language… As my experience it was that time when we were getting rid of the school life and trying to hide ourselves from the classes but now when i think about Al Amyn i really miss that life and i wish to be there again with teachers like you.
    I experienced College life and university life but all are in vain and i very much miss school life..
    Regards to Scarlet and Jemima…
    Tariq Rahim Baig
    MBA 3rd
    Karakurum international university
    Gilgit

  18. Miss Sophie,
    Thank you very much for the sincerity you have shown to the people of Gulmit and especially to the students of Al-Amyn Model School.
    Your services for the community in imparting knowledge to the young blood is commendable and will always cherish you contributions.

    We would like to see you in Gulmit once again. Although I didn’t have the opportunity to be your student but your contribution reflects and has benefited the young talents many folds.

    Thank you very much for remembering us all and we pray for your well being and prosperous future.

    All the very best

    Aslam Khan Ghalib
    Islamabad, Pakistan

  19. Miss Sophie
    Thank you very much for your sincerity you have shown to your students an the people of gulmit. We attribute our success to the commitment and hard work of our teachers and more specifically to you.hanks for remembering us whole. Have a nice time with your kids.
    Muhammad Karim
    MBA-3
    COMSATS

  20. Its great to hear from u, we have never 4got u. u r always in the hearts of the people of gulmit.. ur great contribution to the students of Al Amyn is un forgetable .. will rmmber u all the time.
    And at last i pray for you and your family to have a happy life.
    Farman Aziz
    BBA-6
    Hazara University

  21. Hey Sophie,

    What a pleasant surprise!!!!!!!!!!! Nice to hear from you after such a loooooooooooooooooong time. Happy to hear that you are leading your life with your spouse and two beautiful children.
    God bless you all (Aameen).

    My regards to Emily, Antonia, and love to your kids.

    I wish there was an email address to contact you.

    Luv

    Zohra

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