ISLAMABAD – The US Agency for International Development (USAID) awarded scholarships to 26 students enrolled in undergraduate degree programmes at the International Islamic University (IIU) as part of $165 million Pakistan Reading Project.
The scholarships will pay for tuition and supplies as well as provide a stipend to recipients. The US government will provide more than 4,500 scholarships to aspiring teachers. “No matter how many schools or libraries we build or facilities we provide, none of it will matter until we invest in improving the quality of teachers,” said Gregory Gottlieb, mission director at USAID, while addressing the students.
This is the first group of IIU students to receive scholarships from the Pakistan Reading Project – a $165 million USAID programme that will improve the reading skills of at least 2.5 million children to ensure that they are reading at or above grade level by 2019. The project works closely with 28 universities and 116 elementary teacher training colleges to improve quality of teaching skills and curriculum.
The US partnership with the government supports the rehabilitation and construction of over 1,350 schools in Sindh, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Azad Jammu Kashmir and the Federally Administered Tribal Areas. The US is also establishing centres for advanced education studies at four universities and expanding English skills for more than 5,000 low-income students.
The US has awarded more than 4,800 scholarships to university students to pursue higher education through the Pakistan-USAID Merit and Needs Based Scholarship Program.