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Girls Education Supports Pakistani Students

Posted on: January 4th, 2010 by admin

12-year-old Rifat must work in the fields while her two brothers go to school. A scholarship from Girls Education International could help her and other young women in Pakistan get a secondary-school education.

12-year-old Rifat must work in the fields while her two brothers go to school. A scholarship could help her get a secondary-school education.

Colorado-based Girls Education International, a three-year-old nonprofit cofounded by AAC members Lizzy Scully and Heidi Wirtz, has announced a new partnership with Bedari, a Pakistan-based women’s rights organization. Through this partnership, Girls Education will provide scholarship funding that will enable girls in Laphi, a town of 3,500, to attend secondary school.

“Though there is a school just five miles away in a neighboring village, most Laphi villagers can’t afford to pay for the travel costs and school fees for both their girl and boy children,” the organization said in a press release. “And because a girls’ education is undervalued, only boys typically attend school. Thus, most of the village women are married in their late teens, illiterate, and have little to no education beyond primary school.”

Girls Education supports scholarships for young women in Libera, Nepal, and now Pakistan. Learn more about the organization’s programs or make a donation at the Girls Education International website.

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