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Pakistan: Education

Department for International Development written question – answered on 23rd November 2016.

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Photo of Jim Shannon Jim Shannon Shadow DUP Spokesperson (Health), Shadow DUP Spokesperson (Transport), Shadow DUP Spokesperson (Equality)

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how many of her Department's education projects in Pakistan focus on girls from religious minorities.

Photo of Rory Stewart Rory Stewart The Minister of State, Department for International Development

DFID Pakistan has a range of education projects with elements that support girls from religious minorities. The Punjab Education Support Programme enrols Hindu and Christian girls into non-governmental organisation schools in Muzaffargarh and Rahim Yar Khan in Punjab. The Punjab Education Foundation subsidises schools which prioritise the enrolment of children from minorities. The Sindh Education Non State Actors Programme is reaching children from minority religious communities. DFID’s national education campaign, Alif Ailaan, highlights key issues such as girls’ education and better education for the most marginalised, including minorities. DFID Pakistan’s education portfolio is designed to provide inclusive education to all children, regardless of their location, gender, religion, or socioeconomic background.

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