Five-year plan: $7m for girls education in distant areas

Published: February 7, 2014
Girls attend class at a school in Mingora, a town in Swat valley, on October 9, 2013. PHOTO: AFP

Girls attend class at a school in Mingora, a town in Swat valley, on October 9, 2013. PHOTO: AFP


The Ministry of Education, Trainings and Standards in Higher Education signed a memorandum on Thursday with Unesco to spend $7 million on improving the accessibility and quality of education for girls in remote areas.

The fiver-year plan announcement was made at a news conference held by Unesco Director-General Irina Bokova who was flanked by Minister of State for Education, Trainings and Standards in Higher Education, Engineer Muhammad Balighur Rehman.

Former president Asif Ali Zardari had pledged the amount under the Malala Fund for Girls’ Right to Education in 2012. The fund aims at raising billions of dollars to ensure that all girls of primary and secondary schools are enrolled.

Unesco Director General Irina Bokova was also conferred with Hilal-e-Pakistan.

Speaking on the occasion Bokova said that Unesco was “with the Pakistani government to improve the access to education while improving the quality”.

She noted that the recently launched Global Monitoring Report of Unesco in Pakistan painted a grim picture of educational standards in the country where only 43% of fifth graders surveyed could read English.

Bokova was of the view that under the agreement expanding access for girls to primary and secondary education would increase employment opportunities for female teachers in the area.

“We will try to push locals, religious scholars and the community to encourage girls’ education in remote areas,” she remarked. In response to a question about terrorism she stated that such attacks held the country and its education plan hostage.

Heritage sites

In regard to the protection of cultural and heritage sites in Pakistan, she reiterated her organisation’s plans to stop the illicit trafficking of antiquities. “We will assist Pakistan for the protection of their heritage,” she said.

The mister of state for education commented that out of a total of $10 million, seven million dollars will be spent on girls’ education in Pakistan while the remaining three million will be spent on conflict-hit areas of Afghanistan.

Published in The Express Tribune, February 7th, 2014.

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Reader Comments (5)

  • usman786
    Feb 7, 2014 - 11:52AM

    this is just peanuts. why cannot GoP do it itself? restrict UN to buy things from Pakistan which are available locally like HP Computers, printers, books publication esp if the imported cost is within 15% of their frame agreements.


  • Priyank
    Feb 7, 2014 - 11:55AM

    One JF17 Thunder costs Pakistan $25 mn. Imagine how many destinies would have changed if Pakistan was not hostile with India all the time. Same is true with India, we are spending way too much to counterbalance a not so serious Chinese threat.


  • sani
    Feb 7, 2014 - 1:05PM

    It is also necessary to use these amount fair and transparently, otherwise it will just increase the assets of our politicians and bureaucracy.


  • Hmm
    Feb 7, 2014 - 3:28PM

    Why all these ladies wear rain coat ?


  • Teen Dabay Wala
    Feb 7, 2014 - 3:49PM

    where only 43% of fifth graders surveyed could read English. Since when has reading English become a standard of literacy?? I China, by my estimates, about 90% of fifth graders can’t read English. But does that make them illiterate?


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