ISLAMABAD -Following the provision of a credit facility of Rs 966m by GuarantCo Ltd to Mobilink, Mobilink Foundation has been awarded a grant of $281,000 to extend outreach of its GSMA Award winning SMS-based Literacy Programme.

Mobilink Foundation is the only private sector owned NGO from Pakistan to have received a grant for its CSR initiative. The programme provides education over cell phones to learners not served by traditional education channels and is implemented in association with UNESCO and other reputable international partners.

Mobilink Foundations SMS-based Literacy Programme has empowered 6,000 learners in its initial stage. The GuarantCo grant will enable the programme to benefit an additional 2,500 learners in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) taking the total number of beneficiaries to more than 8,500.

Bilal Munir Sheikh, Chief Commercial Officer Mobilink said, “As the most trusted telecom operator of Pakistan, Mobilink is committed to make every day better for the communities it operates in. The GuarantCo grant secured by Mobilink Foundation endorses our vision as well as efforts put in to improve the education scenario in Pakistan. As GSMA award winner, our SMS-based literacy programme has become a flagship CSR initiative for Pakistan and I am confident that with this grant, this programme will play a significant role in providing education through technology to the deserving youth of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.’’

Andrew Bainbridge, Chairman of GuarantCo added, “Education is rightly recognised as an important contributor to poverty alleviation and human rights development, and we are excited to partner with the Mobilink Foundation in this programme providing basic education to 2,500 women in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.

 This replicable and scalable programme is a perfect fit with GuarantCo’s development mandate, which includes supporting our client companies in setting up developmental projects that leverage the company’s primary business. We look forward to working closely with the Foundation in ensuring the program’s success”.

The grant is a result of a successful proposal submitted to GuarantCo by Mobilink Foundation. As a part of the project, Mobilink Foundation in collaboration with UNESCO will establish 100 learning centers in Haripur, Mansehra, Charasadda, Mardan and Nowshera districts of KP. The project will also create more than 140 job opportunities and will be managed under the supervision of trained teachers, internationally accredited auditors and project managers.