United States Agency for International Development, Sindh Government, Intel Pakistan sign deal to improve access to and quality of education in Sindh

Karachi, December 04, 2014 (PPI-OT): Today, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), the Government of Sindh’s Education and Literacy Department, and Intel Pakistan Corporation signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to improve access to and quality of education in Sindh.

Speaking at a signing ceremony, U.S. Ambassador to Pakistan Richard G. Olson said, “We all recognize that prosperity and a better life cannot be built without a strong foundation in a quality education.” He added, “This agreement with Intel Pakistan will go a long way toward making education more accessible to the children of Sindh.”

Under the terms of the MOU, Intel will provide training to at least 800 government teachers, 4,000 students, and 4,000 out-of-school adolescents and adults over a period of three years. This will enable them to use effectively information communication technology (ICT) in school education, literacy, and daily life. Intel Pakistan will also work with the USAID-funded Sindh Basic Education Program (SBEP) to support school and regional public libraries.

USAID Provincial Director Leon S. Waskin; Secretary of the Sindh Department of Education Dr. Fazalullah Pechuho; and Intel Pakistan Country Manager Naveed Siraj joined Ambassador Olson at the signing ceremony at the U.S. Consulate General in Karachi.

USAID Pakistan has provided support to the Government of Sindh’s Education and Literacy Department through a $155 million program to construct 120 large public schools in seven districts of the province and five towns in Karachi.

For more information, contact:
Brian Asmus
Spokesperson
Consulate General of the United States of America
Plot No 3-5, TPX Area, Mai Kolachi Road,
Karachi, Sindh, Pakistan
Tel: +92-21-35275000 Ext: 5242
Fax: +92-21-35275985
Cell: +92-302-8294015
Email: asmusbp@state.gov
Website: http://karachi.usconsulate.gov

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