ISLAMABAD: State-of-the-art buildings of 118 schools have been reconstructed under the Sindh Basic Education Programme (SBEP) by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) in collaboration with the Sindh government.
The project will be completed in the province by the end of the current year, according to a USAID official.
“About 60 to 70 per cent construction work of the remaining 71 schools destroyed in the 2010 floods has been completed and the schools will be ready to impart education to the children by the end of the current year,” he added.
The schools, to impart education to about 80,000 students, were being reconstructed in Dadu, Jacobabad, Qamber-Shahdadkot, Kashmore, Khairpur, Larkana, Sukkur, Shikarpur and Ghotki and five towns of Karachi, including Bin Qasim, Gadap, Keamari, Lyari, and Orangi, he said.
The official said reconstruction of 47 schools had been completed out of which 43 had been handed over to six Education Management Organizations. Out of 43 schools, nine would be operated by Sukkur Institute of Business Administration (IBA), while 11 schools would be managed by The Citizens Foundation (TCF), he added.
The official further added that the US government through USAID was contributing $ 159.2 million whereas the Sindh government was also providing $10 million cost-share for SBEP.
The project was aimed at increasing and sustaining student enrollment in primary, middle, and secondary public schools in selected areas of the Sindh province with special focus on bringing back girls who had been dropped from schools.