Although education is a top priority for families in Pakistan, about 20 million schoolage children do not receive a
basic education. The U.S. Government, through USAID, is helping ensure that Pakistan's children have access to
a quality basic education as well as generous opportunities for higher education. Current projects focus on
supporting teacher education, expanding the use of technology in the classroom, providing training to
administrators in budgeting and finance, providing scholarships, and rehabilitating and reconstructing schools.
Renovate and reconstruct schools
Increase access to education and improve the quality of teaching
Provide grants and scholarship for exchanges, research, and higher education
Foster links between U.S. and Pakistani academic institutions
Children's Television Project
The Children's Television Project aims to develop the language, problemsolving, and critical thinking abilities of
children and promote positive attitudes among children through media programs and outreach events and
materials. The project's interventions include a puppetbased television program; radio programs for children,
mothers, and other care givers; and an array of local outreach activities featuring specially developed characters
and content that reflect Pakistan's vast cultural diversity. The project stresses messages of inclusion and respect,
with a particular emphasis on opportunities for girls.
Higher Education Commission Support Program
The Higher Education Commission Support Program helps Pakistani society recover from conflict and humanitarian
and economic crises by strengthening the country's university system. The program provides budgetary support
to universities in conflictaffected areas. It also provides stateoftheart laboratory equipment to improve the
quality of research and instruction in areas critical to Pakistan's economic and social development, such as
agriculture, water, energy, technology, business, and health. Scholarships for higher education are offered to
students from conflictaffected areas who are internally displaced and unable to return home.
U.S. Pakistan Science & Technology Cooperative Program
The U.S.Pakistan Science and Technology Cooperative Program works to strengthen and broaden cooperation
between the United States and Pakistan in science and technology. The program aims to build the capacity of
Pakistani public and private science and technology institutions, predominately institutes of higher education, so
they can better contribute to human and economic development in Pakistan. Program activities include
strengthening the contribution of the U.S. scientific community to Pakistani research institutions and introducing
new management practices and procedures. The program operates on an open, meritbased, peerreviewed
basis, emphasizing the quality, relevance, and the potential for impact of funded projects.
Sindh Basic Education Project
The Sindh Basic Education Program supports the Government of Sindh's goal to increase and sustain student
enrolment in primary, middle, and secondary schools in seven districts of northern Sindh and the city of Karachi.
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The program aims to create school environments conducive to teaching and learning. The program funds the
construction and rehabilitation of schools affected by 2010 floods and supports the Government of Sindh's policy
of merging, consolidating, and upgrading schools through new construction. The Sindh Basic Education Program
also seeks to improve early grade reading in primary schools, mobilize communities to increase girls' enrollment
and improve the nutritional status of children, and offer technical assistance to build the capacity of the SIndh
Department of Education.
Education Quality and Access Project
The Education Quality and Access Project aims to strengthen middle and secondaryschool education in four
core subjects: English, science, math, and computer technology. Focused on Sindh, Balochistan, FATA, Khyber
Pakhtunkhwa, and Islamabad, the project works closely with provincial ministries of education as well as teaching
training institutions. The project is improving the quality of education by improving the training of teachers; by
offering training to school managers and district education officials; by renovating schools; and by supporting
parentteacher committees. In particular, the project seeks to address the educational needs of families displaced
by conflict or affected by the floods of 2010.
Teacher Education Project
The Teacher Education Project (formerly known as the PreService Teacher Education Program, or PreSTEP)
focuses on the improvement of teacher education programs through the standardization of preservice teacher
education and training. The project helps new and practicing teachers gain improved teaching qualifications. The
project works in close partnership with the federal and provincial governments, the Higher Education Commission,
provincial departments of education, 15 universities, and 75 teacher colleges. The changes in approaches to
teacher education at these universities will help establish new academic standards in teacher education
programs in Pakistan.
Women's Hostel Project
The Women's Hotel Project supports the construction of a new women's dormitory at Forman Christian College in
Lahore. Nearly 1,000 women study at the college, and they constitute more than 30 percent of the student body.
However, the college lacks sufficient oncampus housing for women students from places other than Lahore,
particularly those from remote areas of southern Punjab, northern Sindh, FATA, Balochistan, and Khyber
Pakhtunkhwa. The new women's hostel will provide 360 additional beds, thus permitting the university to accept
more women students, especially at the graduate level.
Centers for Advanced Studies Program
The Centers for Advanced Studies Program will develop linkages among U.S and Pakistani institutions of higher
education, government, and the private sector in the priority areas of agriculture, energy, and water. Three new
Centers of Advanced Studies will be established at partner universities to develop courses, conduct research,
nurture highly skilled and motivated leaders, and perform other services of value to industry, civil society, and
government. It is expected that the new centers will lead in innovative and provide cuttingedge research,
enhance teaching and learning, promote entrepreneurial activities, and strengthen policy formulation by the
Government of Pakistan.
Merit and Need Based Scholarship Program
The Merit and NeedBased Scholarship Program awards scholarships for university study to academically
talented, financially needy Pakistani students. The program targets students going to government schools in rural
or remote areas, especially northern Sindh, Balochistan, southern Punjab, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, and the Federally
Administered Tribal Areas, or FATA. Students receiving scholarships are able to pursue study in agriculture for
four years or in business administration for two years at a partner Pakistani university. The program also provides
technical support to help the Higher Education Commission and the 11 partner universities to create and sustain
financial aid and institutional development systems.