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United States awards over 400 Scholarships for Teacher Education

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Karachi, May 29, 2013 (PPI-OT): Today, the United States, through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), awarded over 200 scholarships to future educators, bringing the total number of scholarships awarded in Sindh under the USAID’s Teachers Education Program to over 400.

The ceremony was presided over by Michael Dodman, Consul General, U.S. Consulate Karachi, who was joined by Fazlullah Pechuho, the Additional Chief Secretary, Education, Government of Sindh, university vice chancellors, college principals.

During the ceremony, attendees also congratulated 63 future teachers who recently completed a U.S.-funded Associates Degree in Education program and will enter Pakistani classrooms equipped with new knowledge and skills that will allow them to better educate their students.

On this occasion, Consul General Dodman said, “The Pakistan – United States relationship is based on common values and mutual respect. The United States is committed to building a strong Pakistan. There is no better way to do this than to help ensure that Pakistanis have the education they need to find good jobs, start businesses, support their families and community and contribute to the growth of this great nation. I applaud all of you for playing an important role in helping to build a brighter future for Pakistan’s youth.”

The USAID Teacher Education Project is a $75 million program which works to develop and implement innovative curricula and provides scholarships to more than 1,900 students across Pakistan; and is just one part of the comprehensive U.S. education assistance program for Pakistan.

This includes building or rehabilitating more than 850 schools; establishing Centers for Advanced study at three Pakistani universities to focus on applied research in energy, agriculture and water; and expanding English skills for more than 5,000 low-income students.

To learn more about U.S. education initiatives in Pakistan and the Teacher Education project, see: http://goo.gl/auHXF and http://www.pakteachers.org.

For more information, contact:
Mushtaque A. Rajpar
Information Specialist
Office of Public Affairs
Plot No 3-5, TPX Area, Mai Kolachi Road
Consulate General of United Sates of America
Karachi, Sindh, Pakistan
Phone 021-35275453
Fax: 021-35275985
Cell Phone: 92-300-2022-462
Email: rajparma@state.gov

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