In his last weeks in the White House, US President Donald Trump signed another bill into law. It is called Malala Yousafzai Scholarship Bill, named after the Pakistani girl who took a bullet for girl’s education. On 1st January 2021, US congress passed this law to the White House for final signature. Malala Yousafzai education law awards scholarship to young Pakistani women who belong to eligible criteria.
What Does Malala Yousafzai Education Scholarship Act Say?
Malala Yousafzai Scholarship Act states that every individual should be able to pursue education, regardless of gender, and free from the fear of discrimination. It offers both Merit and Needs-Based Scholarship Programs and promotes educational connections between Pakistan and the US.
These programs award scholarships to academically talented and financially needy Pakistani students for university-level education. The law also states that scholarship recipients under these programs should pledge to improve their local communities.
It encourages US State Department and the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) to continue supporting Pakistani education, especially for women.
USAID To Administer The Implementation Of Law
The Law directs the USAID to grant at least 50% of the scholarships to Pakistani women from 2020-2022. It is to meet the needs of scholarship recipients and improve the employment chances of new graduates.
US congress first introduced the bill in 2013 sponsored by Republican Senator, Ileana Ros-Lehtinen. USAID has to brief the congress annually on the implementation of this Act and all specified information regarding scholarships. This information will include list of students who joined based on their gender, educational discipline, and type of degree. And also those, who could not join due to failure to meet the requirements, dropping out of program, and face blockage for seeking education.
USAID will collaborate with Pakistani companies in private sector and diaspora communities to improve, expand access, and sustain education programs.
Expansion Of Pakistan Scholarship Programs For Women
The signed bill may open up new prospects for many regions where young women struggle a lot to receive higher education.
The bill will award scholarships to Pakistani women in a wide range of academic disciplines who meet eligibility requirements. Reportedly, USAID has provided more than 6000 scholarships for girls to receive higher education in Pakistan since 2010. The bill that Donald Trump approved has expanded this program.