Pakistan plans Malala schools for poor children

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Each school will have two classrooms, a verandah, a toilet and space to extend the building if needed. It will cost 800,000 rupees ($8,220) and provide basic education to both girls and boys.

The Pakistani government has announced a plan to pay poor families to send their children to school and U.N. education envoy Gordon Brown held talks in Islamabad at the weekend to begin a plan to bring more than five million out-of-school youngsters into the classroom.

Taliban hitmen shot Malala on her school bus a month ago in Mingora in Pakistan’s northwestern Swat Valley in a cold-blooded murder attempt for the “crime” of campaigning for girls’ rights to go to school.

Miraculously the 15-year-old survived and her courage has won the hearts of millions around the world, prompting the United Nations to declare last Saturday a “global day of action” for her.

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