Pakistan plans ‘Malala schools’ for poor children

By AFP
Published: November 12, 2012

The "Malala Schools" are planned for 16 areas around Pakistan affected by conflict or natural disasters. PHOTO: RASHID AJMERI/FILE

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan plans to honour Malala Yousafzai, the schoolgirl education campaigner shot by the Taliban, by opening special schools in her name for poor children, officials said on Monday.

The “Malala Schools” are planned for 16 areas around Pakistan affected by conflict or natural disasters, Nafisa Shah, chairwoman of the National Commission for Human Development, told AFP.

The aim is to give children in these areas, who often have little in the way of educational opportunities, a chance to go to school, Shah said, but added that money for the scheme had not yet been found.

“We have identified the places and (will) soon launch a fundraising scheme to generate finances for these schools,” Shah said.

Each school will have two classrooms, a verandah, a toilet and space to extend the building if needed. It will cost Rs800,000 and provide basic education to both girls and boys.

The Pakistani government has announced a plan to pay poor families to send their children to school and UN education envoy Gordon Brown held talks in Islamabad at the weekend to begin a plan to bring more than five million out-of-school youngsters into the classroom.

Taliban hitmen shot Malala on her school bus a month ago in Mingora in Pakistan’s northwestern Swat Valley in a cold-blooded murder attempt for the “crime” of campaigning for girls’ rights to go to school.

Miraculously the 15-year-old survived and her courage has won the hearts of millions around the world, prompting the United Nations to declare last Saturday a “global day of action” for her.

Reader Comments (16)

  • Karim
    Nov 12, 2012 - 4:23PM

    Good Plan………..

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  • Nov 12, 2012 - 4:25PM

    A great step taken by the Govt. This is what Malala Yousafzaii has strives for.

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  • Born Political
    Nov 12, 2012 - 4:37PM

    Enough of Malala, now focus on drone struck girls and kids

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  • H
    Nov 12, 2012 - 4:48PM

    Excellent … but only if they are more than ghost schools !

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  • Nov 12, 2012 - 4:50PM

    And how are Malala schools different from normal schools?

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  • Anoni
    Nov 12, 2012 - 5:03PM

    Let us built together. I have already contribute to LUMS Malala Fund project. Perhaps one day 99.99% Pakistan would be literate.

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  • Pessimist
    Nov 12, 2012 - 5:04PM

    A good initiative by the Government but this should be a bare minimum. What the Govt needs to do is to launch a major awareness campaign for women’s education in the region. Building schools wont get you nowhere if girls aren’t allowed to attend. Perhaps take the services of the local clergy and even give Malala some kind of ambassador role.

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  • Jewcifer
    Nov 12, 2012 - 5:08PM

    What about existing schools and ghost teachers?

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  • concerned citizen
    Nov 12, 2012 - 5:29PM

    seriously this is what took them to realize the need for that?Recommend

  • Imran
    Nov 12, 2012 - 7:16PM

    now we steal in name of malala too

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  • whab
    Nov 12, 2012 - 7:48PM

    naming them after malala may help them get some funding internationally. good step.

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  • Iqra Sajid
    Nov 12, 2012 - 7:59PM

    Another excuse to raise funds and do the ayashi

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  • Rajni
    Nov 12, 2012 - 8:16PM

    These are just meaningless gestures. Unless the religious monster is put back in the bottled and thrown into the sea…there will always be another malala or kamala or shamala.
    Best wishes

    Rajni

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  • Parvez
    Nov 12, 2012 - 11:05PM

    The schools that are already there are used to raise cattle and as marriage halls…………….who are you’ll fooling ?

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  • freebird
    Nov 13, 2012 - 9:40AM

    why not update the already existing infrastructure, millions of gov schools are there that needs to be repaired and updated with good facilities, instead of working on that we are planning for more schools. this is what we call misuse of money. and lack of planning.

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  • Mahesh
    Nov 15, 2012 - 4:02PM

    Good step by govt. Of pak, malala is also my inspiration.I individualy salute you dear sister,god bless u

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