Karachi, February 17, 2014 (PPI-OT): U.S. Ambassador Richard G. Olson, joined by Consul General Michael Dodman, U.S. Agency for International Development Mission Director Greg Gottlieb, and Sindh Chief Minister Syed Qaim Ali Shah, broke ground today in Village Korro, District Khairpur Sindh, on the first of 120 schools to be built by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) as part of its $155 million Sindh Basic Education Program.
Senior Minister of Education Mr. Nisar Ahmed Khuhro, Secretary Education Dr. FazlullahPechuho, and other officials from Sindh’s education department, as well as teachers, students, and members of the community,also attended the ceremony.
“We are committed to supporting education in Pakistan,which is the key to a brighter future for Pakistan’s children,” said Ambassador Olson. “Working together, the U.S. and the Sindh Government will improve the quality of and access to education for the children of Sindh.”
In the coming five years, USAID’s Sindh Basic Education Program will provide support for the construction of 120 schools affected by the catastrophic 2010 floods and will support the Government of Sindh’s policy of consolidating, merging, and upgrading schools throughout the province.
The program will develop greater partnerships with local communities to improve school management and increase enrollment for girls, with a goal of improving the reading skills of 750,000 children in target areas of Sindh. The Sindh Government is contributing an additional $10 million to support the program.
The Sindh Basic Education Program is one of the many US-funded initiatives that help millions of Pakistani children unlock their full potential. Other programs include financing the construction of new applied research centers at Pakistani universities that focus on energy, water, and agriculture; 16 partnerships linking Pakistani and U.S. colleges and universities; new degree programs in education at 90 teacher colleges and universities throughout Pakistan; and scholarship programs for thousands of Pakistani students to study both in Pakistan and in the United States.
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