Today, representatives from the United States Government, the Government of Sindh’s Education and Literacy Department, and Intel Pakistan Corporation signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) in Karachi reaffirming their commitment to improve access to quality education in Sindh province.
Speaking at the signing ceremony, U.S. Ambassador to Pakistan Richard G. Olson said, “We all recognize that prosperity and a better life cannot be built without a strong foundation in quality education.” He added, “The partnership we are commemorating today [will] enhance access to and the quality of education for children in Sindh.”
Under the terms of the MOU, Intel will provide training to at least 800 government teachers, 4,000 students, and 4,000 out-of-school adolescents and adults over a period of three years. The training will enable them to use information communication technology (ICT) effectively in education, literacy, and daily activities. Intel Pakistan will also work with the USAID-funded Sindh Basic Education Program (SBEP) to support school and regional public libraries.
U.S. Consul General Brian Heath, USAID Provincial Director Leon S. Waskin; Secretary of the Sindh Department of Education Dr. Fazalullah Pechuho; and Intel Pakistan Country Manager Naveed Siraj joined Ambassador Olson at the signing ceremony at the U.S. Consulate General in Karachi.
Through USAID, the U.S. Government has provided support to the Government of Sindh’s Education and Literacy Department with the $155 million SBEP to construct 120 large public schools in seven districts of the province and five towns in Karachi.