KARACHI - Education and Literacy Secretary Alam Din Bullo Thursday said the provision of quality education to students is a big challenge in Sindh and it is a msut for progress.

He said the US Agency of International Development (USAID) has pledged to support education sector in Sindh. He said, “Under the programme USAID supported Sindh Basic Education Programme. Flood-affected and dangerous schools will be reconstructed in Khairpur, Dadu, Jacobabad, Kambar, Sukkur, Larkana, Kashmore and Karachi (rural/ slum areas). The total available funding is $ 155 million.

He said the goal of the Sindh Basic Education Programme is to increase and sustain students enrolment in primary, middle and secondary schools in targeted geographic locations in Sindh by developing a school environment conducive to teaching and learning.

He said the USAID funding has two funding streams - government to government and USAID direct activities. He said the government to government coordination are reconstruction of schools affected by floods $51 million, support to government of Sindh’s policy $30 million, reforms to merge, consolidate and upgrade schools through construction of schools and USAID direct activities are to improve early grade reading in primary schools $30 million.\