This special lecture will focus on an extraordinary non-government effort to help women in the troubled North-West Frontier province of Pakistan.
Education plays a pivotal role in developing human capital in any society. Although education has become a universal human right and is recognized as such in the Constitution of Pakistan, serious gender discrepancies exist in that country’s education sector. According to the 2011 Human Development Report of the United Nations Development Program, about twice as many males as females receive a secondary education in Pakistan. UN indexes also show Pakistan among the lowest ranking countries in terms of women’s education and empowerment.
This special lecture will focus on an extraordinary non-government effort to help women in the troubled North-West Frontier province of Pakistan, also known as Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP). The province covers an area about the same size as Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Vermont combined with a population estimated at 17 million. The capital is Peshawar. The non-profit, non- governmental organization, the Zareef Khan Foundation, has been working in the province for 25 years. Among other activities, the Foundation operates schools in an around Peshawar and the only teacher training institution in the private sector mostly for women.
Angelika Weller a native of Germany, is a long-time supporter of womens’ education and a patron of the Zareef Khan Foundation. She is supporting creation of a new education and sport complex for women in KP province. Fluent in five languages, Ms. Weller, who has homes in Canada and Italy and close friends in Vermont, will discuss the challenges of helping to educate and empower Pakistani women in a violent area on the border with Afghanistan.
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