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‘Malala Yousafzai Scholarship Act’ For Pakistani Women Passed

Malala Yousafzai
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If you aren’t aware of the efforts that Malala Yousofzai put into promoting girl education, then you should certainly read about the brave, young heart’s struggles. Named after her, this scholarship acts as the initial help to all those females from the Pakistani region to make their dreams come true. The US Congress has had a discussion and has decided in March 2020 to release the ‘Malala Yousafzai Scholarship Act’ under which several Pakistani Women will be getting funding for their education based on merit and economical instability criteria.

The House of Representatives gave their nod to the bill in March 2020, and the bill was passed by the United States Senate by a voice note on January 1st, 2021. The bill is currently on its way to the White House so that the President can sign it and it will be fully functional. 

According to this bill, the US Agency for International Development is supposed to give out about 50% scholarships to the Pakistani women to complete their HIgher education by taking into consideration if they are meeting the scholarship’s criteria. The Scholarship will be given out in the time span of 2020 to 2022, to support education in different academic disciplines and any changes in the eligibility criteria will be informed before-hand though there aren’t any at the moment.

The bill also urges the US Agency for International Development to reach out to Pakistani Private Sectors or Pakistani residents who are in the US to make considerable contributions to promote the education of girl children in their own country. The response to this happens to be cheerful. The USAID is responsible to keep a tally of the number of scholarships that have been distributed, to also ensure that a proper tally has been maintained regarding scholarships given out in different educational domains, egress types, age ratio, people who were involuntarily removed form program for not meeting criteria and also the ones who dropped out mid way because of family objection to seek education.

The bill will prove to be an asset to improve the literacy rate of the developing country, if only the community is able to accept the healthy hand.