US to continue supporting edu reforms in Pakistan
ISLAMABAD, June 22(Daily Times): USAID Mission Director for Pakistan Anne Aarnes has
said that the United States will continue its partnership with Pakistan in
supporting the vital task of raising the quality of teaching and learning in
She was speaking at the 4th inter-provincial conference hosted
by the USAID Education Sector Reforms Assistance (ESRA) programme at the Academy
for Educational Planning and Management (AEPAM) here on Thursday. Aarnes
expressed satisfaction over the fact that USAID-funded education programmes had
reached some districts, communities, schools and, most importantly, children who
needed it the most.
State Education Minister Anisa Zeb Tahirkhaili, who
chaired the conference, said that ESRA's overall objective was to strengthen
education within the local government system.
The conference brought
together a large group of policy makers, researchers, educationists, governance
experts and managers to suggest improvements in the devolved education sector in
Pakistan. The Education Sector Reform Assistance (ESRA) is a $ 83 million
programme to support the government's Education Sector Reforms (ESR). The ESRA
is part of the $ 1.5 billion aid provided by the US government to Pakistan for a
5-year period to improve the education, health, governance and economic growth
of the country.