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.
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.