U.S. Ambassador Paul Jones underscores importance of U.S.-Pakistan partnership on education and exchanges

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Karachi (D.P News):  U.S. Ambassador Paul Jones paid a surprise visit to the more than 200 primary school students attending Roshan Pakistan Academy in Karachi.

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Accompanied by U.S. Consul General Rob Silberstein, the U.S. delegation toured the school grounds, interacted with students, and learned about the school’s community-based education model.

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Speaking with Humaira Bachal, the school’s founder and 2013 alumna of the U.S.-funded Emerging Leaders of Pakistan exchange program, and Muhammed Ilyas, the Academy’s director, Ambassador Jones said, “The talented and motivated young people here at Roshan Pakistan Academy illustrate the tremendous resource that is Pakistan’s youth.  We believe education is the driver of prosperity and development.  That is why the United States has invested more than 25 billion Pakistani rupees ($159.2 million) in basic education across Sindh since 2012.”

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Each year, the United States sends over 800 Pakistanis, like Humaira Bachal, on U.S.-funded exchange programs to gain experiences that they bring back to Pakistan, creating more opportunities for economic advancement and empowerment across Pakistan.

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Roshan Pakistan Academy is a non-profit organization that provides primary education for marginalized communities in Hub, Balochistan, and Gulshan-e-Mazdoor, Karachi. The school was founded in 2016 by Humaira Bachal to improve the socio-economic conditions of disadvantaged communities through education, literacy, and mentoring.

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