The Straits Times
Published on Nov 12, 2012

Pakistan plans 'Malala schools' for poor children


ISLAMABAD (AFP) - Pakistan plans to honour Malala Yousafzai, the schoolgirl education campaigner shot by the Taleban, by opening special schools in her name for poor children, officials said on Monday.

The "Malala Schools" are planned for 16 areas around Pakistan affected by conflict or natural disasters, said Ms Nafisa Shah, chairman of the National Commission for Human Development.

The aim is to give children in these areas, who often have little in the way of educational opportunities, a chance to go to school, she said, but added that money for the scheme had not yet been found.

"We have identified the places and (will) soon launch a fundraising scheme to generate finances for these schools," she said.