USAID gives scholarships to 95 students





QUETTA: The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) awarded scholarships to 95 students enrolled in a two-year Associate Degree in Education (ADE) and a four-year Bachelor’s Degree in Education BEd (Honours) in Balochistan Province. The scholarships were awarded during an event organised by USAID-funded Pakistan Reading Project at a hotel. Additional Education Secretary Saira Atta attended the ceremony. The USAID will provide 793 scholarships to future teachers in Balochistan. The scholarships will pay for tuition and supplies as well as provide a stipend to recipients. Speaking on the occasion, Saira Atta thanked the United States for providing assistance to improve the standard of basic education in Balochistan through better-prepared teachers. The US government will provide more than 4,500 scholarships to aspiring teachers as part of the $165 million Pakistan Reading Project which works closely with 28 Pakistani universities and 116 elementary teachers’ colleges throughout Pakistan. The project is a five-year investment in education sector that will improve the reading skills of 2.5 million children across Pakistan by the end of 2019. The USAID-funded Pakistan Reading Project is one component of a comprehensive education programme that the United States implements in Pakistan in partnership with the government of Pakistan. This programme includes building or rehabilitating of over 1,350 schools across Pakistan; establishing centres for advanced education studies at four Pakistani universities; expanding English skills for more than 5,000 low-income students; and awarding more than 4,800 scholarships for university students to pursue education through the Pakistan-USAID Merit and Needs Based scholarship Programme.

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