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US carrying out $200m for education in quake hit areas

ISLAMABAD, Oct 26: The Earthquake Reconstruction and Rehabilitation Authority (ERRA) and residents of the earthquake-affected areas of Mansehra and Bagh today celebrated the first year achievements of the United States Agency for International Development's RISE education sector program. The Revitalizing, Innovating and Strengthening Education (RISE) project works to rebuild and improve educational infrastructure and deliver high-quality education to children in the Mansehra and Bagh Districts.

"US support for education is an investment in the future of Pakistan and education is always an investment that yields great returns," Peter W. Bodde, Deputy Chief of Mission of the US Embassy in Islamabad said at a one year anniversary commemoration ceremony of the project. "In the past year, RISE has completed two schools, with 30 more designed or under construction in Mansehra and Bagh." USAID's $13 million RISE project is an integral part of the US government's reconstruction efforts in the earthquake-affected areas.

The project also helps communities in these districts to improve the quality of classroom instruction by training teachers and mobilizing parent-teacher committees to participate in school reconstruction and maintenance. "USAID is carrying out a four-year $200 million Earthquake Reconstruction Program to rebuild schools and hospitals, expand education and health services and improve economic well-being," Bodde noted. Bodde thanked the education authorities of NWFP and AJK, and expressed appreciation for the "good working relationship with ERRA" in the early successes of the project. Later in the ceremony teachers, education administration officials and community members received certificates and awards for their cooperation with the project. F.P

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