Pakistani Women to Avail Malala Yousufzai Scholarship:
Malala Yousufzai Scholarships celebrating the Nobel Prize holder’s contributions towards education is the new talk of the town! The USAID has awarded 6,000+ scholarships to young female students in Pakistan since 2010 for them to access higher education. US Congress expands this scholarship programme by passing a bill named after the well-venerated education advocate, Nobel Prize holder, Malala Yousufzai.
By doing this, US Congress has required US Agency for International Development (USAID) to provide 50% of its scholarships to Pakistani women from 2020 to 2022 under the Pakistani merit and need-based higher education scholarship programme. With this, now Pakistani women can avail Malala Yousufzai Scholarships exclusively.
Thanks to the House of Representatives, the bill that has now become an act was passed in March 2020. The US Senate is adopting it by voice voting on 1st January 2021 awards scholarships across various academic disciplines when met with specific eligibility criteria.
The information about Malala Yousufzai Scholarships was posted on the congressional website and announced on Radio Pakistan. The act document now rests with the White House to be signed into law by US President Donald Trump.
The Congress also regulated the USAID to have consultations with and investments leveraged by the private sector in Pakistan and Pakistani diaspora that resides in the USA to facilitate improvements in educational programmes in Pakistan and further expand them in light of norms of the bill passed. In addition, USAID is also bound to give annual briefings to Congress on the number of scholarships that the programme awards.
These briefings about Malala Yousufzai Scholarships will constitute the divisions of types of degree, discipline, and gender accordingly. Furthermore, calculations for the percentage of those recipients who will be failed to meet programme requirements and ended up pushed out of the programme involuntarily will also be added as a part of annual briefings.
It is to remember that the United Nations Special Envoy for Global Education petition that calls on the Pakistani government for enrolling every child in primary school has also gained 1,000,000+ signs from across the globe.
Pakistani Women to Avail Malala Yousufzai Scholarship: Let’s hope that this USAID milestone turned after Oxford graduate Malala for her advocacy towards educating females in Pakistan will be a fruit-bearing addition in bridging gaps between education and females in the country.