Since 2010, Barakat has been providing financial help in the form of scholarships to self-motivated but financially needy girls and boys who have graduated from Barakat Pakistan schools and aspire to a high-school education. Each scholarship will open doors for hundreds of meritorious and needy students, many of whom are the first in their families to attend high-school. Because girls face unique challenges and cultural opposition in getting an education, our first priority is to provide scholarships to our female students. Once the demand for girls’ scholarship has been met, Barakat will offer the scholarships to boys.
Providing scholarships that allow Afghan refugees in Pakistan to continue with their high school education is an important step towards the development of a pool of much-needed skilled and educated human resources among these refugee communities. The students in these communities who continue their high school education are pioneers, who are able to better explore income-generation activities beyond their traditional sources of livelihood – manual labor and weaving rugs. Furthermore, educated refugees are better able to advocate for their own rights in their host country, as well as to assimilate better into their native country should they choose to return.