Mirpurkhas, November 13, 2014 (PPI-OT): The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) completed a $10 million project to rehabilitate and reconstruct government schools in four districts in southern Sindh and two districts in Balochistan. Flooding in 2010 and 2011 severely damaged the buildings.
USAID’s Senior Policy Advisor Dr. Randy Hatfield unveiled a plaque at newly constructed Government School Dost Mohammad Mahar, Mirpurkhas District, Sindh, to mark the project’s completion. Officials from the Sindh Government’s Education and Literacy Department, as well as teachers, students and members of the community attended.
“We are committed to supporting Pakistan’s education sector and USAID’s effort to rehabilitate flood-affected schools in Sindh and Balochistan,” said Dr. Randy Hatfield at the ceremony. “This is one of many U.S. Government initiatives helping millions of Pakistani children unlock their full potential.”
According to Dr. Hatfield, rebuilding 36 schools in four districts of southern Sindh — Mirpurkhas, Sanghar, Umerkot and Tando Allahyar — and two in Balochistan — Jaffarabad and Naseerabad — has helped more than 10,000 girls and boys return to their studies. USAID has also provided educational supplies as well as helping procure furniture, solar panels, clean drinking water and proper sanitation for the schools.
USAID is providing $155 million to the Government of Sindh’s Basic Education Program, including $81 million for the construction of 120 schools in seven districts in Sindh and five towns in Karachi.
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