Qamber Shahdadkot – 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.
“We are committed to improving education in the province,” said Mr. Solangi. “The Sindh government and USAID are increasing access to education as well as enrollment of girls.”
USAID just finished construction on the following four schools in Sukkur and Khairpur districts: Kouro Goth, Tando Mir Ali, Arain and Jhaj Regulator. 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.
For more information about SBEP, please go to www.sbep.gos.pk. For more information about USAID and its activities in Pakistan, please go to www.usaid.gov/pakistan.