Saturday, June 7, 2014

US Awards 95 Scholarships to Baluchistan’s Future Teachers

June 6, 2014

QUETTA: The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) awarded scholarships to 95 students enrolled in a two-year Associate Degree in Education ADE and a four-year Bachelor’s Degree in Education B.Ed. (Hons.) programs in Balochistan. The scholarships were awarded during an event organized by the USAID funded Pakistan Reading Project at a hotel in Quetta. Additional Secretary Education for Balochistan Saira Atta attended the ceremony.

USAID will provide approximately 793 scholarships to future teachers in Balochistan. The scholarships will pay for tuition and supplies as well as provide a stipend to recipients.

Speaking on the occasion, Balochistan’s Additional Secretary Education, Saira Atta thanked the United States for providing assistance to improve the standard of basic education in Balochistan through better-prepared teachers.

The U.S. Government will provide more than 4,500 scholarships to aspiring teachers as part of the $165 million Pakistan Reading Project which works closely with 28 Pakistani universities and 116 elementary teachers’ colleges throughout Pakistan. The project is a five-year investment in education sector that will improve the reading skills of 2.5 million children across Pakistan by the end of 2019.

The USAID funded 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 rehabilitatingof over 1,350 schools in across Pakistan; establishing centres for advanced education studies at four 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 Programme.

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