For Immediate Release
The United States and Pakistan launched the Pakistan Reading Project today, marking the beginning of a five year, $160 million investment in reading education in Pakistan. Funded through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), the project will improve the reading skills of 3.2 million children across Pakistan, build the capacity of 94,000 primary school teachers, and provide over 6,000 scholarships to train aspiring teachers.
U.S. Ambassador to Pakistan Richard G. Olson, U.S. Ambassador at Large for Global Women’s Issues Catherine Russell, and State Minister for Education, Training, and Standards in Higher Education Baligh-ur-Rehman addressed teachers and parents at the Islamabad Model Secondary School for Girls, Chak Shahzad and then met with school children.
Ambassador Olson said, “The Pakistan Reading Project is an opportunity to improve the reading skills of millions of Pakistani children. We hope this project will reinforce a national culture of reading - in classrooms, communities, and homes.” U.S. Ambassador at Large for Global Women’s Issues Catherine M. Russell said, “The United States has invested in girls’ education because we know it is one of the most effective development investments for a girl’s future employment.
”The Pakistan Reading Project will reach students in 67 districts and will help ensure high quality literacy instruction at the primary school level. The project will also provide teacher training opportunities by expanding the number of colleges and universities offering specialized bachelors and associate degrees in education that focus on reading. The Pakistan Reading Project is one part of a comprehensive education program that the United States implements in Pakistan in partnership with the government of Pakistan. This program includes building or rehabilitating more than 850 schools; establishing centers for advanced education studies at three Pakistani universities; expanding English skills for more than 5,000 low-income students; and awarding more than 4,800 scholarships for university students to pursue education through the Pakistan-USAID Merit and Needs Based scholarship Program.
Last updated: June 30, 2015