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United States reinforces long-term pledge to education advancement in Pakistan

Maverick Report

MANSEHRA: The United States reinforced its long-term commitment to advancing education in Pakistan at the groundbreaking for a new $1.5 million Faculty of Education building at Hazara University here.

“This new faculty of education building will go a long way toward helping Pakistan improve the quality of education in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa,” said Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Governor Barrister Masood Kausar.

According to a press release issued by the US embassy here on Monday, Barrister Kausar awarded degrees to 49 students from the Regional Institute of Teacher Education in Abbottabad. The two-year degrees were introduced to Pakistan by the US Agency for International Development (USAID), along with a four-year Bachelor’s Degree in Education. USAID helped design and introduce these degrees to increase the quality of teacher preparation at universities throughout Pakistan.

USAID Mission Director Jock Conly congratulated the graduates through a special message, saying: “The United States government is deeply committed to helping Pakistan develop strong educational institutions. Together with the Government of Pakistan, the United States is working to improve the quality of education throughout the country. A good teacher can unlock every child’s potential and this building will help Hazara’s teachers prepare their students rise as far as their hard work and initiative will take them.”

Over the next two years, USAID will provide $15 million for the construction and rehabilitation of seven Faculties of Education buildings across Pakistan. More than 2,000 students and 100 faculty members will use these buildings every year, including the recipients of the new ADE and Bachelor of Education degrees.

Teachers will also receive continuing education in the new US-funded facilities that will help train teachers working in some of nearly 500 schools that the US has helped build in Pakistan since October 2009.

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