Pakistan’s President Asif Ali Zardari on Monday announced a $10-million donation for a global war chest to educate all girls by 2015 set up in the name of Malala Yousafzai, who was shot by the Taliban for campaigning for girls’ education.
The “Malala Fund for Girls’ Right to Education” aims at raising billions of dollars to ensure that all girls go to school by 2015 in line with U.N. Millennium goals.
Pakistan Education Minister Waqas Akram signed the agreement with the UNESCO head Irina Bokova.
The ceremony drew French Prime Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault, former British Premier Gordon Brown, U.N. Special Envoy for Global Education, and the former Presidents of Finland and Chile.
U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and the EU’s top diplomat Catherine Ashton send special videotaped messages of support.
Ziauddin Yousafzai, Ms. Yousafzai’s father, a former teacher and headmaster has been appointed special adviser for education, UNESCO, to help in what Mr. Brown has dubbed a new ‘Malala Plan’ to get all girls into school around the world by the end of 2015. The U.N. estimates 61 million children do not go to school and girls account for two-thirds of this number.
Mr. Brown said the initiative, which he hoped would attract “billions of dollars of public subscriptions”, also aimed at stopping social evils such as child marriage and violence against girls. — AFP