Two recently completed schools built by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) in Sukkur district were inaugurated on Tuesday. USAID Deputy Mission Director for Sindh and Balochistan, Denise A Herbol, performed the inauguration during separate ceremonies attended by Education Minister Jam Mehtab Hussain Dahar, Education Secretary Abdul Aziz Uqaili, community elders, teachers, students and their parents.
The newly-built schools include the Government High School, Dodanko and the Government Girls' Primary School, Numaish Colony, which were constructed with the support of the US government through the $155 million USAID Sindh Basic Education Programme (SBEP).
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"We are proud to be able to contribute to the future of the children of this province. I am sure in future these students will be change makers for Pakistan, advancing mutual respect and tolerance," Herbol said during one of the ceremonies, adding that the young people are the the future of Pakistan and for this reason, educational assistance to the country's youth is one of the US government's top priorities.
In his speech, Dahar appreciated the USAID SBEP, thanking the agency for its efforts to promote education in the province. "We are very grateful to USAID for helping us in educational reforms, especially through this public-private partnership approach. These innovative solutions help improve school governance and quality of teaching," said the education minister.
Under the SBEP, the USAID has planned to build 106 modern schools in eight districts of Sindh, of which construction of 23 schools has been completed. The project aims to increase and sustain student enrollment in primary, middle and secondary public schools in selected areas of the province, with a special focus on bringing back children who have dropped out of schools. In addition to constructing schools, the SBEP also supports the government's reforms in education.
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