The United States funds comprehensive education programs that will help millions of Pakistani children unlock their full potential.
USAID is carrying out comprehensive education programs in Pakistan to help millions of children and young people rise as far as their hard work and initiative will take them. In basic education USAID supports efforts to student enrollment in schools, student assessment, teacher training, and community mobilization to increase early grade reading skills for primary grade students. These efforts will improve reading skills for 1.6 million children in Pakistan. In higher education, USAID increases access to higher education though scholarships for deserving students, and supports the quality of higher education though the Pakistan Centers for Advanced Studies which are creating four research centers to support the priority sectors of Energy, Water, and Food Security/Agriculture.
CHALLENGING YOUNG MINDS
USAID has helped rebuild or renovate more than 950 schools since 2009 – providing 190,000 children with new spaces where they can study and learn. In many of these schools, USAID supplied computers, science kits, books, and other educational materials. Another 150,000 children will have access to newly constructed or rehabilitated schools by 2018.
To ensure that Pakistan’s schools are able to provide quality education to their students, USAID is supporting 56,975 teachers and school administrators upgrade their skills through short-term courses in the 2009-2018 period. Additionally, Pakistan’s Higher Education Commission and USAID designed and rolled out two new teacher education programs: a two-year Associate Degree in Education and a four-year Bachelor’s Degree in Education. These programs are now being taught at 111 Teacher Training Institutes to nearly 13,236 students. USAID funds scholarships for 5,677 of these men and women. USAID is also funding the construction of state-of-the-art Faculty of Education buildings at 17 universities creating spaces so that future teachers will have modern facilities and tools to learn their profession.
HIGHER EDUCATION: FROM DREAMS TO REALITY
USAID activities are focused on scholarships and scientific research under the Higher Education Portfolio. USAID will award 3,000 scholarships (50 percent to women) to talented and low income students to receive degrees from 31 universities in Pakistan through the Pakistan-U.S. Merit and Needs Based Scholarship Program. USAID Pakistan also funds the largest Fulbright Scholarship Program in the world where talented Pakistanis receive higher education degrees from prestigious U.S. universities while studying abroad in the United States. Finally, the four Centers for Advanced Studies (CAS) will foster research in the areas of energy, agriculture, and water.
Altogether, over 12,000 students have received scholarships to attend university in Pakistan, including 7300 scholarships for internally displaced students from the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa region. Pakistani students also have an opportunity to study in the United States: Since 2005, through the Fulbright program, over 1200 students from Pakistan have studies in the United States, receiving Masters and Ph.D. degrees to later support development in their communities.
PARTNERSHIPS BETWEEN UNIVERSITIES
The U.S. academic community is cooperating with Pakistan through multiple university partnerships. Since 2005, Pakistani and U.S. governments have awarded over 70 grants for Pakistani and U.S. scientists to work together on ground-breaking science and technology cooperative research. These partnerships seek to introduce innovative solutions to Pakistan’s development challenges.
In 2015 USAID launched the USAID Funded Pakistan Centers for Advanced Studies (PCAS) program. PCAS supports applied research, curriculum development, and academic exchanges. PCAS promotes partnerships between three universities in United States and four universities in Pakistan and is establishing leading academic and research centers in Pakistan for to engage the private sector to jointly work on the solving some of the development challenges faced by the country. In partnership with the private sector and the Government of Pakistan PCAS will create the environment for developing solutions and policy recommendations for the country's water, energy and food security needs.
Last updated: April 14, 2015