BALOCHISTAN EDUCATION FOUNDATION

The BEF was set up by the Government of Balochistan in 1994 for strengthening private sector provision of education and raising the standard of education in the province. In 1994-95 it was granted an endowment of US$ 2 million by USAID through the GoB, and has been using the returns on that endowment to fund a modest program of support to private sector educational institutions since then. It has gone through a major transformation during the last two years. The GoB recognized that with proper restructuring and strengthening, BEF could play a major role in promoting and supporting community, civil society and private sector initiatives in education. In view of this, the government, through an amendment to the BEF Act in 2004 , restructured the BEF and brought about significant reforms in its governance, management, and operating procedures.

BALOCHISTAN EDUCATION SUPPORT PROJECT

The key objective of the project is the promotion of public-private and community partnerships in order to improve access to quality primary education, in particular for girls. The project contributes to Pakistan's long-term objective of achieving Millennium Development Goal (MDG) by targeting universal literacy, gender parity in education, and 100% net enrolment.