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‘U.S. Govt. strongly supports education in Pakistan’: Consul General Grace W. Shelton

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ROHRI: Grace Shelton, the Consul General of USA has held that $155 million state-of-the-art schools, being built with the assistance of USAID under Sindh Basic Education Program (SBEP), would enable children to learn and grow helping Pakistan realize its full potential.

She was speaking here at the inauguration ceremony of sixth school that has been opened this year. Currently, 71 such schools are being built. 

In order to increase and sustain student enrollment in primary, middle and secondary public schools in selected areas, 106 schools are being constructed in eight districts by SBEP in partnership with the Sindh Government. Special attention is given on bringing back children who have dropped out of school. 

5-copyROHRI: Sindh Education Minister Jam Mahtab Hussain Dahar jointly inaugurated the commemorative plague with CG Shelton. While appreciating U.S. Government’s strong support in modernizing education in Sindh the Minister noted that technical help in the launch of Education Management Organizations is another phenomenal assistance from USAID for the people of Sindh, which will help uplift standard of schooling in the province.14-copyROHRI: The local government representatives, community leaders, teachers and students attended the ceremony.


Consul General Brian Heath inaugurates USAID-funded School at Khairpur



KHAIRPUR:  U.S. Consul General Brian Heath and Provincial Education Minister Jam Mahtab Hussain Dahar inaugurated a state-of-the-art school on Tuesday here in Kolab Jial.U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) provided funding for the school’s construction as part of the Sindh Basic Education Program (SBEP).  Speaking on the occasion Brian Heath stated: “The United States strongly supports education in Pakistan, and this is just one of the 106 state-of-the-art schools that USAID is constructing in partnership with the Sindh government”.Consul General Heath further informed that over five hundred boys and girls would be able to learn and grow in an environment designed to help them realize all of their natural talents and abilities.  This, Brian Heath held, would enable them to live better lives and strengthen Pakistan as a nation.

Jam Mahtab Hussain Dahar expressing his appreciation to the U.S. government for its strong support pointed out that USAID was also helping the Sindh government implement much needed educational reforms.

Conspicuous among others there were USAID Deputy Mission Director Denise Herbol, USAID Senior Policy Advisor Randy Hatfield and Sindh Education Secretary Fazlullah Pechuho.

PS: USAID-funded SBEP will construct up to 106 modern school buildings in eight districts of Sindh. Currently, 60 schools are under construction with four schools inaugurated in April and May 2016. SBEP aims to increase and sustain student enrollment in primary, middle and secondary public schools in selected areas of Sindh. Working together with the Sindh government, the program will enroll 10,000 more girls in schools and teach 400,000 more.

USAID Breaks Ground on Qambar Shahdadkot School



QAMBAR SHADADKOT: The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) broke ground on construction of a school in Mondar Lakha Village. Qambar Shahdadkot District Deputy Director Fayyaz Alam Solangi planted a tree to mark the occasion, which was attended by officials, teachers, students and members of the community.

Speaking at the event Fayyaz Alam  Solangi held: “We are committed to improving education in the province. The Sindh government and USAID are increasing access to education as well as enrollment of girls.”USAID has just finished construction on four schools  (Kouro Goth, Tando Mir Ali, Arain and Jhaj Regulator)   in Sukkur and Khairpur districts.

As part of its Sindh Basic Education Program (SBEP), USAID is providing $155 million to build more than 100 state-of-art schools, and is working with communities to improve school management, increase girls’ enrollment and improve the reading skills of 400,000 children.

The Sindh government is contributing $10 million in cost sharing.In all, 20 schools will be built in Qambar Shahdadkot District with 54 already under construction in Sindh. USAID estimates that more than 50,000 students will get free education at these newly constructed schools.

tree District Deputy Director Fayyaz Alam Solangi planted a tree to mark the occasion.


U.S. Government Funded School Inaugurated in Khairpur


Edited by: M. M. ALAM

KHAIRPUR: Consul General  of USA Brian Heath and Chief Minister of Sindh  Syed Qaim Ali Shah inaugurated a state-of-the-art school constructed under the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) funded Sindh Basic Education Program (SBEP) at Kouro Goth, District Khairpur.

“This school is just one of over 100 state-of-the-art facilities that USAID is constructing in partnership with the Government of Sindh,” said Consul General Heath. “The United States government strongly supports education in Pakistan. I am delighted that this school and others like it will provide young boys and girls with a space to learn and to grow so they can help Pakistan unlock its full potential.”

According to Mission Director of USAID Pakistan John Groarke, “USAID has helped rebuild or renovate more than 1,000 schools over the last five years. In many of the schools, USAID has also supplied computers, science kits, books, and other educational materials.”

The USAID-funded SBEP will construct approximately 106 modern school buildings at a cost of approximately Rs.16 billion over five years in seven districts of northern Sindh and five towns in Karachi. Currently over 50 schools are under construction. 

Ambassador Richard Olson and Chief Minister Qaim Ali Shah broke ground at the Kouro Goth school in 2014.  It is the first of four schools that will be completed and handed over this month.


Aside from construction, SBEP aims to increase and sustain student enrollment in primary, middle, and secondary public schools in selected areas of Sindh. The Education and Literacy Department of the Government of Sindh is providing additional support of over Rs.1 billion and the Department has already signed agreements with two organizations to manage four schools in Khairpur and Sukkur districts. 

USAID Senior Policy Advisor and Program Manager of SBEP Dr. Randy Hatfield, Education Minister Nisar Khuhro and Secretary of Education Dr. Fazlullah Pechuho, teachers, students and members of the community also attended the ceremony along with other senior district and provincial officials.