It takes more than a bullet to stop Malala Yousafzai. The horrific attack on the 15 year old Pakistani schoolgirl in October 2012, aimed at silencing her advocacy for the education of girls, is destined to have the opposite effect after the establishment of UNESCO's "Malala Fund for Girls' Right to Education" under its international 'Education for All' initiative.
"Malala Fund for Girls' Right to Education" seeks to stem the dropout of adolescent girls from secondary education, strengthen women's literacy programs and give new momentum to the quest to provide access to schooling for all girls by 2015.
The "Malala Fund for Girls' Right to Education" has become an important part of UNESCO's larger commitment to 'Education for All', a movement established in the year 2000 when 164 governments pledged to provide quality basic education for all children, youth and adults by 2015. Specific goals included the elimination of gender disparities in primary and secondary education, obstacles of the very type faced by Malala and her friends. As well as raising money, the "Malala Fund for Girls' Right to Education", and the events that gave rise to it, bring a personal and dramatic focus to the obstacles faced by so many children in so many parts of the world. Despite being established as recently as December 2012, the "Malala Fund for Girls' Right to Education" has already attracted many major international supporters, the biggest being the Government of Pakistan, followed by a the Abu Dhabi Music & Arts Foundation, a private foundation from the United Arab Emirates and a Swiss foundation. And with over 1,000 Australian businesses represented amongst its membership, The CEO Institute is now able to give the fund extensive exposure throughout Australia.
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"Malala's ordeal has touched us deeply, as it has so many others around the world. We are an organisation that regards education and opportunity as central to our business, and we are delighted to be able to work with UNESCO towards improving educational opportunities wherever there is discrimination and disadvantage.
"We've been involved with a number of charities in the past, but this partnership seems right in so many ways: educating the leaders of tomorrow, equal opportunity, and the global nature of the partnership, all of which comes at a time when our own operations are taking on an international dimension.
"Both our staff and stakeholders are very excited about it." - Kenneth W.W. Gunn, Chairman & CEO, The CEO Institute
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