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United States Consul General inaugurates new school facilities at Sohail bin Sadiq Model School in Gujranwala

Gujranwala, April 10, 2013 (PPI-OT): U.S. Consul General Nina M. Fite inaugurated new school facilities today at Sohail bin Sadiq Model School in Herpoki village, Gujranwala district. These facilities were constructed with a $100,000 grant from the U.S. Ambassador’s Fund program.

“Education is central to improving lives and building economic prosperity. I am very glad to have been able to partner with Friends Development Organization to increase the opportunities for the children of Herpoki village to receive a quality education,” said Consul General Fite. With support from the U.S. Ambassador’s Fund program, the Sohail bin Sadiq Model School was able to construct seventeen new classrooms, a science lab, a computer lab, a cafeteria, principal and staff rooms, and other improvements. The grant also provided new furnishings such as ceiling fans and desks.

Prior to the construction, students at the crowded Sohail bin Sadiq Model School often had to hold classes out in the open, enduring bad weather and distractions. Modern facilities for computer and science classes were not available.

Since the school was rehabilitated, students have enthusiastically embraced science and computer studies and overall enrollment has increased from 595 to 707 students. “Convincing my parents to continue my education was a great challenge, as they did not allow me to travel outside our village for higher classes. Now with the extension of our school, I am able to continue my education,” said Faiza Rani, a student at Sohail Bin Sadiq Model School.

The U.S. government is building or rehabilitating 850 schools in Pakistan, which is just one part of the United States’ comprehensive education assistance program. Through the USAID basic education program, the U.S. government is helping 3.2 million children to read at or above grade level over the next five years.

The United is also launching new degree programs in education at over 100 teacher colleges and universities and operating the largest Fulbright academic exchange program in the world. To learn more about U.S. education initiatives in Pakistan, see: http://goo.gl/auHXF.

For more information, contact:
Alberto Rodriguez
Information Office Public Affairs Section
Embassy of the United States of America
U.S. Embassy, Islamabad- Pakistan
Cell: +92300 501 2640
Tel: +9251-208 0000
Fax: +9251-227 8607
E-mail: webmasterisb@state.gov

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