US donates $10,000 to SOS school
LAHORE: William Howe, the United States principal officer in Lahore, presented an educational aid package worth $10,000 to the SOS Village children’s school on Monday.
He presented and opened the American Discovery Centre consisting of a computer, printer, educational books and compact discs.
Speaking on the occasion, Mr Howe said the US government had decided to donate 54 such centres to English-medium schools throughout the province.
In Lahore, Convent of Jesus and Mary and Kinnaird School for Girls have already received this donation, he said.
As part of US assistance in promoting education in Pakistan, selected Pakistani teachers were being sent to the US under the Teacher Training Programme for a period of six to eight months, he added.
Mr Howe praised the Punjab government’s efforts to increase literacy and promote education. “The Punjab government has made significant strides in the education field, but with literacy still below 40 percent, a lot more effort is required and the US government is helping to increase the level through various means,” he said.
SOS Village Chairperson Suriya Anwar praised the US government’s educational assistance and said this would definitely help students. The SOS Village school children performed a physical training display and a tableau on the occasion. —APP