A proactive supporter of female education and social activist, Malala Yousafzai’s NGO has donated $7 million for the construction of a girls school in her hometown Swat.
The Malala Fund organization joined hands with The Big Heart Foundation from Sharjah and donated this amount for the construction of this school.
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The donation was announced at an event held at Oxford University.
The donation is enough to cover half the cost of the construction. The school would consist of science labs, IT labs, staff rooms, principal’s room, reception, playground facilities, and classrooms.
“Girls hold extreme potential to change the world but we have to invest in them first”. – Malala Yousafzai
The school will also have a library, laboratory, an activity hall, and accommodation for female teachers from remote areas. The school capacity will have a capacity of 350 girls in 11 classrooms.
Currently the school is in its second phase of construction and is expected to be completed by April 2018.
Using the same fund, the school costs for the first two years will also be covered. Malala said on the occasion,
I overwhelmingly thank The Big Heart Foundation for believing in my dream of a world where girls can choose their own future path. With their support, the Malala Fund can provide education for girls in my hometown, Swat Valley in Pakistan.
Lately, Malala partnered up with 13-year-old American singer Grace VanderWaal and 18-year-old Sarah Greichen for a campaign ‘Pass it on’ with a message of empowerment for young women. The campaign will run in 200 countries throughout 2018.
Similarly, back in 2014, the ministry of finance signed an agreement with the United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organisation where $7 million from the Malala Fund was spent on education in the remote areas of Pakistan.