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Basic Education in Pakistan
Helping improve literacy and early grade reading skills
USAID Pakistan

Educated individuals make healthier, more economically advantageous life choices and are more likely to engage in their communities through democratic participation.  The United States and Pakistan partner in key areas to provide quality basic education and market-based workforce development training and research geared towards meeting the needs of the 21st century. 


  • Built or repaired more than 1,386 schools across Pakistan since 2011.
  • Trained over 27,000 teachers and school administrators since 2014.
  • Provided over 18,000 scholarships for talented and financially disadvantaged students to attend tertiary education in Pakistan over the past eight years.
  • Reached more than 1,181,000 primary-level learners through the reading program.
  • More than 1,500,000 learners enrolled in primary, elementary, and secondary schools.

USAID/Pakistan’s education programs focus on increasing access to and the quality of education. USAID recognizes that a literate and employable Pakistani population is in the national security interests of Pakistan and the region. The United States works with the Government of Pakistan and development partners in the following core areas:

Access to Basic Education

Increasing access to education opportunities for out-of-school children is a key priority for the United States Government. USAID’s education programs provide emergency education to children displaced by military conflict, enroll new students in schools and non-formal education programs, repair and construct schools, and train teachers.

USAID is also investing in teachers by building , and has provided over 3,100 scholarships under the Pakistan Reading Project so teachers can earn their education degrees. 

Improved Basic Education Quality 

Early grade reading outcomes are markers for continued academic success for students. USAID programs improve Pakistani children’s reading skills by providing ongoing reading instructional materials to classrooms, training teachers in improved reading instruction techniques, and encouraging schools to dedicate more classroom time for reading. To support teacher education, USAID has constructed or repaired 17 Faculty of Education buildings across Pakistan.

Through implementation of the United States Strategy to Empower Adolescent Girls, USAID is committing $70 million and is working jointly with the Government of Pakistan and other partners to help educate and empower more than 200,000 adolescent girls across Pakistan.

Access to Quality Higher Education

USAID programs help Pakistani universities increase access to their academic programs and improve the quality of those programs. To increase access, USAID provides university scholarships to talented low-income students, and helps Pakistani universities improve their ability to manage new financial aid programs. USAID also connects U.S. universities with expertise in energy, agriculture, and water with Pakistani universities. Finally, USAID is establishing research centers where U.S. universities conduct joint research with Pakistani counterparts to develop practical and policy solutions to energy, water, and food security problems in Pakistan.



Last updated: March 06, 2018

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