Denmark has agreed to support a UNICEF program that educates children in remote areas of Pakistan with 60 million kroner, the Trade and Development Ministry has announced.
The trade and development minister, Mogens Jensen, said that the goal was to educate 1.2 million children – who wouldn’t otherwise see any schooling – by 2017.
“Education is an essential tool in generating development,” Jensen said in a press release. “In Pakistan, school is important for preventing young people from getting involved in anti-democratic groups.”
“The efforts are geared to the most conflict-ridden areas in the Pakistani-Afghan border regions, where many girls don’t go to school.”
The aid initiative is part of the total Danish aid program to Pakistan, which contributes 275 million kroner to the nation between 2014 and 2016.
Some 60 percent of the 27 million children in Pakistan who don't attend school are girls. Furthermore, half of the country’s women have never received an education.