United States Agency for International Development committed to provide educational opportunities to children

Islamabad, July 13, 2012 (PPI-OT): The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) is firmly committed to helping provide increasing educational opportunities for children in Pakistan as part of our assistance to the Pakistani people. As part of those ongoing efforts, in 2010, USAID awarded a cooperative agreement to the Rafi Peer Theater Workshop (RPTW) to provide support for the program, “Pakistan Children’s Television” (PCTV), also known as “Sim Sim Hamara.”

The goal of the program was to provide basic education to young children through puppet-based television and radio programs and variety of outreach activities in Urdu and four major provincial languages to be carried out throughout Pakistan. This effort was part of the United States’ commitment to help provide educational opportunities for children in Pakistan as part of our overall development cooperation with many Pakistani organizations.

In October 2011, USAID received a series of allegations of fraud, waste, and abuse involving RPTW through our anti-fraud hotline. USAID takes any allegation of waste, fraud, or abuse of U.S. funding very seriously as part of our commitment to safeguard American taxpayer dollars, and ensure that development assistance is transparent and beneficial to the Pakistani people.

In December 2011, the USAID Office of the Inspector General (OIG) opened a formal investigation. USAID and RPTW reached a mutual agreement that U.S. monetary support for PCTV would end. The USAID OIG investigation remains open and ongoing.

For more information, contact:
Public Affairs Section
Embassy of the United States of America
Diplomatic Enclave, Ramna 5
Islamabad, Pakistan
Tel: +9251-208 0000
Fax: +9251-227 8607
E-mail: webmasterisb@state.gov