$10m Malala fund for education yet to be utilised

February 08, 2014 - 2:24:05 am
ISLAMABAD: Though projects are often delayed for years due to unavailability of funds, the participants of an event yesterday were surprised to know that the $10m  ‘Malala Fund for Girls’ Right to Education’ could not be utilised even after over a year.

During the event, a memorandum of understanding was signed between the Ministry of Education and United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (Unesco) to utilise the fund. 

Minister for Education Balighur Rehman and Director General Unesco Irina Bokova signed the MoU. 

On December 10, 2012, during his visit to France the then President Asif Ali Zardari announced that 10 million dollars would be allocated for promotion of girls education in the name of Malala Yousufzai who was shot and injured by Taliban in October 2012.

It was also announced that through the Malala Fund donations of billions of dollars would be raised to ensure that all girls go to school by 2015 in line with the United Nations Millennium Goals.

Then Education Minister Waqas Akram signed the agreement with the Unesco head, Irina Bokova.                INTERNEWS