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US congratulates Sindh govt on signing agreements for SBEP

The United States has congratulated the Sindh government on signing agreements for Sindh Basic Education Programme (SBEP).

A statement of US Consulate said here on Saturday that the Consul General Grace Shelton and Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah witnessed the signing between Sindh School Education Department and Beaconhouse, IBA-Sukkur, and Indus Resource Centre and Charter for Compassion for management and construction of five new schools in Khairpur and Sukkur districts.

According to the Sindh Basic Education Programme (SBEP), these five schools were a part of the 106 large state-of-the-art school buildings being reconstructed in northern Sindh and Karachi.

USAID Provincial Director Denise Herbol, Minister of Education Jam Mehtab Dahar and Secretary Dr Fazlullah Pechuho also attended the event at the CM’s House. “We are proud to partner with the Government of Sindh in this important initiative,” Consul General Shelton stated. She added, “The SBEP will help improve the quality of teaching and increase equitable access to safe learning opportunities for children, especially girls. These children in Sindh who will receive a free education will grow up to be the next generation of engineers, doctors, teachers, and entrepreneurs.”

The SBEP is a US government five-year, $155 million initiative that aims to increase and sustain student enrolment in primary, middle, and secondary public schools in selected areas of Sindh.

The Sindh government is the first province to implement this innovative public-private partnership by awarding concession agreements for a period of up to ten years to private sector organizations to improve the operations of public schools and enhance student achievement, the US Consulate statement added.

Source: Pakistan Today

Byline: APP

December 3, 2016

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