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United States Agency for International Development celebrates successful completion of grants supporting children’s reading habits

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by March 10, 2016 General

Islamabad, March 10, 2016 (PPI-OT): The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) held a ceremony marking the successful completion of 18 small grants encouraging children to develop the skill and habit of reading from an early age.

“We received a record number of outstanding applications for grants to carry out reading activities at the community level,” said Natasha de Marcken, Director of the USAID Pakistan Education Office. “The grants helped to engage parents in activities that will strengthen children’s reading ability and reinforce a habit of reading for pleasure and life-long learning.”

The grants, provided through USAID’s Pakistan Reading Project, supported small activities lasting three months. The Government Girls Primary School in University Town, Karachi implemented parent-teacher meetings, engaged parents as volunteer story-tellers, and established a young-reader prize through its grant.

“The enrolment in our school has increased remarkably after this intervention,” said Government Girls Primary School head teacher Mussarat Khan. “Parents are telling us that their children get up early in the morning and are excited to go to school.”

The USAID-funded Pakistan Reading Project supports provincial and regional education departments across Pakistan to improve the reading skills of children in early primary grades. For more information on the United States’ assistance for education in Pakistan, visit:

For more information, contact:
Alberto Rodriguez
Information Office Public Affairs Section
Embassy of the United States of America
U.S. Embassy, Islamabad- Pakistan
Tel: +92-51-2082911, +92-51-2081136
Cell: +92-300-5012640
Fax: +92-51-2278607


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