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LUMS Honours Malala's Message of Education for All

Posted By Page Schindler Buchanan, Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Our friends at GBSN Member School Lahore University of Management Sciences in Pakistan have established a fund in honor of Malala Yousafzai to help female students from her region. See the details from their website below.

LUMS Honours Malala's Message of Education for All

The Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS) and its students come together in disgust at the horrific murderous attempt on the 14-year-old peace and education activist, Malala Yousafzai and in solidarity and resolve to honour, support and keep her message of education for all thriving at LUMS and beyond.


To do so, the student body at LUMS declared Thursday, October 11, 2012, Malala Day at LUMS. They wore black arm-bands to condemn the attackers and the attack on her and organised a peace vigil to honour her at 8 p.m. at the Central Academic Courtyard at LUMS. Candles were lit, prayers were said and a minute of silence was observed to pay tribute to the bravery of Yousafzai. A discussion was also organised by LUMS faculty with Professors Ali Nobil, Junaid Ahmad and Hasan Karrar speaking at room A-3 in the Main Academic Block building.

The LUMS Students and the University also launched a fund-raising drive to create a ‘Malala for Education Fund’ at LUMS to support the educational mission of the young activist. The fundraising will be spearheaded by students and student organisations at LUMS and it will be used to support education for girls, preferably from the Swat and nearby regions. The rationale for the fund would be to support Malala’s larger educational mission of providing quality education to all Pakistanis, and especially to girls and from her region. LUMS as a community seeks to come together to help her fulfil this mission through this fund.

In doing so, the University and its students honours and supports the noble cause of the 14-year-old for which she also received national and international recognition. When the Taliban had banned education for females in her district, she kept a diary for the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) and wrote about her urge for education and what it meant being deprived that right. Malala is a torch bearer of one of the key objectives of LUMS, promoting education for underprivileged bright students. LUMS has been providing financial assistance through their National Outreach Programme (NOP) to such students for almost a decade.

LUMS appeals to all to donate to Malala for Education Fund set up for the bright girls. LUMS students, faculty and staff can also donate directly through MCB Booth at LUMS by writing "Malala for Education Fund" along with the amount. Contribution to the fund can also be made through cross cheques and through the request made to the Finance Office to make deductions from the salary. Also, student societies will be collecting the funds.

Donations to this fund can be made in the following ways:

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