How difficult can it be to implement some common sense? STOP funding them. Stop selling bombs and weapons to them. Stop giving them money, trade deals, visas, passports. How difficult can it be?? If they have to be helped because of some law or the other, distribute sandwhiches if they are hungry, books if they site education, medical supplies if they need medical support. They should NOT be given funds.
This money has not been used for education. It is funding corruption, weapons purchases, Islam, Jihad.
How your £238million aid for girls in Pakistan to receive a better education mostly assisted boys
- A damning report shows how a programme for girls actually served more boys
- Only 43% of vouchers were given to girls despite far more being unschooled
- A similar problem in South Sudan saw a £64 million programme fail to reach enough females
- The Department for International Development said it was aimed at both sexes
A British foreign aid project aimed at helping to educate the world’s poorest girls actually assisted more boys, according to a report.
Officials poured £238 million into a programme meant to provide girls in Pakistan with access to schooling, but a report by the Independent Commission for Aid Impact (ICAI) has found that the money funded more boys.
The hard-hitting and highly critical review also cast doubt over British aid money being spent on private school education for overseas children, saying there was a lack of evidence as to whether it was good value for money.
The ICAI said UK aid was ‘falling short’ of its ambitions to educate the poorest and most vulnerable girls, and was instead focusing on boys.
The report comes amid calls for Prime Minister Theresa May to put elderly people first by diverting the ballooning £12 billion foreign aid budget to help tackle the social care crisis at home.
ICAI commissioner Tina Fahm said: ‘Globally, 62 million girls miss out on an education. The UK Government has made a strong commitment to tackling this huge problem, but has struggled to maintain the focus on girls.’
She blamed ‘weaknesses in performance’, saying this meant that girls, especially those who were hard to reach, were ‘less likely to get the education they so desperately need’.
Programmes designed to tackle the issue ‘performed poorly against their original objectives, losing the necessary focus on girls’.
…that’s 66million meals on wheels
Calls have been made this week for the £12 billion foreign aid budget to be curbed to help pay for the social care crisis at home.
Town halls have been given permission to hike council tax by up to 6 per cent to help pay for vital social care, which has fuelled calls for Theresa May to put elderly British people first by diverting part of the aid budget.
Pensioners are being denied access to meals on wheels after they were axed by 45 per cent of councils.
The average cost of a meal is now £3.80. If the £238 million sent to help Pakistani girls go to school was spent on social care in this country, it would have paid for 66 million hot meals.
The report added that in some cases programmes ‘abandoned targets for supporting girls altogether’. It said there needed to be ‘significant improvement’ and clear, strategic direction ‘to tackle a pattern of underperformance’.
The project in Pakistan was aimed at providing girls who were not in education with vouchers allowing them to enrol in private schools.
But vouchers were distributed to fewer girls than to out-of-school boys, the review found.
‘According to Dfid (Department for International Development) staff, only 43 per cent of vouchers were distributed to girls, despite girls making up a much higher proportion of out-of-school children in the province,’ it noted.
This was blamed on the fact that the distribution of vouchers was to an extent dependent on the supply of private schools, and there were more schools for boys.
There was a similar problem in South Sudan, where a £64 million education programme for girls failed to reach enough females.
‘The programme is not ensuring that schools use their grants to promote girls’ education, as originally intended,’ the report found.
The watchdog said Dfid lacked ‘strong evidence’ with which to guide its decisions on supporting private schools.
Dfid supports low-cost private schools in countries such as Pakistan, Tanzania and Kenya. The report said: ‘These have expanded rapidly in recent years, providing a possible alternative means for reaching marginalised girls.
Vouchers were distributed to fewer girls than to out-of-school boys, the review found.
‘However, for the time being, Dfid lacks evidence on the effectiveness and value for money of working through private schools.’
It said there were concerns about whether private provision was equitable, and whether it has a detrimental effect on public education.
A Dfid spokesman defended the Pakistan project and said it was aimed at both girls and boys.
He added: ‘The UK is a global leader when it comes to transforming the lives of the world’s poorest and most vulnerable girls.’