KARACHI - Sindh Education and Literacy Secretary Siddique Memon has highly appreciated the services of USAID-supported Ed Links Project for middle and secondary education in Pakistan especially for Sindh. He was the chief guest in a workshop organised to discuss experiences and future plans of 29 high school students from public schools in rural areas of Fata, Sindh and Balochistan.  He expressed gratitude to the USAID for their continued support over the last 5 years. “We are thankful to USAID for providing these students the opportunity to learn and excel. It is inspiring to see these students become leaders in their schools and communities. Now the USAID is helping rehabilitate flood-affected schools in Sindh and Balochistan.

Our continued partnership is now yielding tangible results,” Memon added.

The people and the US government are committed to improving education in Pakistan, said Dr Randy Hatfield, Deputy Director USAID who represented USAID in the said workshop.

Last year, USAID in partnership with the government of Pakistan organised a technology and cultural exchange programme for these bright young Pakistani’s at Wakefield High School in the USA.

The students shared their experiences in the US with Dr Hatfield, director USAID and Siddiq Memon, secretary Sindh Education and Literacy Department. They shared fun stories from the US, and related how their parents and classmates loved to hear about American culture as well as the difference it had made in how they approached their education and future.

Dr Hatfield answered their queries and affirmed the US commitment to improving education and opportunities. “We want to help students in all parts of Pakistan who improved education resources and environment. With the ‘Links to Learning’ programme, we are especially trying to guide and provide exposure to promising young scholars facing choice of college and specialization, and difficult decisions regarding careers.”

USAID has supported 103 students from Sindh, Balochistan, Fata and rural areas around Islamabad to develop computer and learning technology skills, and to experience progressive classroom environments since 2008. They are taking leadership roles and motivating others to learn making innovative use of technology and tapping into a global learning community.