United State Agency for International Development Interactive Session with Student Exchange Program Students during the Student Exchange Program (SEP) Follow up Workshop

Karachi: The people and Government of United States of America are committed to improving education in Pakistan; this was stated by Dr. Randy Hatfield, Deputy Director USAID who participated in a workshop organized to discuss experiences and future plans of 29 high schools students from public schools in rural areas of FATA, Sindh and Balochistan. Last year, USAID in partnership with the Government of Pakistan organized a technology and cultural exchange program for these bright young Pakistani’s at Wakefield High School in the USA.

Mr. Siddique Memon, Secretary Sindh Education and Literacy Department also adorned the occasion and in his address to the students expressed his gratitude to USAID for their continued support over the last 5 years, “We are truly thankful to USAID for providing these students the opportunity to learn and excel. It is inspiring to see these students become leaders in their schools and communities. Now USAID is helping rehabilitate flood-affected schools in Sindh and Balochistan. Our continued partnership is now yielding tangible results.”

The students chatted with Dr. Hatfield, Director USAID and Mr. Siddiq Memon, Secretary Sindh Education and Literacy Department about their experiences in the US and the impact of the exposure and training since returning to their schools.

They shared fun stories from the US, and related how their parents and classmates loved to hear about American culture as well as the difference it had made in how they approached their education and future. Dr. Hatfield answered many questions and affirmed US commitment to improving education and opportunities;“We want to help students in all parts of Pakistan who improved education resources and environment.

With the ‘Links to Learning’ program, we are especially trying to guide and provide exposure to promising young scholars like you facing choice of college and specialization, and difficult decisions regarding careers.”

USAID has supported 103 students from Sindh, Balochistan, FATA and rural areas around Islamabad to develop computer and learning technology skills, and to experience progressive classroom environments since 2008. The students made many friends and brought back positive values and experiences to their schools. They are taking leadership roles and motivating others to learn making innovative use of technology and tapping into a global learning community.

For more information, contact:
Education and Literacy Department
Government of Sindh
Pir Mazhar-Ul-Haq
Tel: 021-99211948, 958,
Fax: 021-99211338
Web: http://www.sindh.gov.pk/dpt/EducationFinal/index.htm