U.S. Secretary of State Kerry Meets College students in Pakistan (DiplomacyPakistan.com)

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Throughout a standard iftar at Fatima Jinnah Girls College, U.S. Secretary of State John F. Kerry mentioned schooling and the significance of alternate packages with college students and school. Secretary Kerry heard from college students and alumni about their experiences with U.S.-sponsored alternate and growth packages to advance their skilled targets. He underscored the worth of the bilateral alternate packages and the significance of investing in schooling in Pakistan to arrange younger individuals to contribute to efforts to construct and develop Pakistan’s economic system.

Secretary Kerry highlighted the vital, longstanding collaboration between the US and Pakistan to advertise schooling, notably the schooling of girls and women. “One of many issues the US tries to do, and President Obama is keen about, is growing academic alternative. He has a particular initiative to attempt to do this in Latin America, South Asia, and Southeast Asia. It is so vital, as a result of in the end, you may make the distinction when it comes to making good choices about governing, leaders, about decisions, all this stuff. And you’re the subsequent era.”

The U.S. alternate program in Pakistan is the most important on this planet, with over 1,000 Pakistani college students and professionals touring to the US every year by means of the flagship Fulbright program, undergraduate semester packages, and different alternate alternatives. In 2012, the U.S. Mission to Pakistan launched eight college partnerships that hyperlink American and Pakistani universities and plans to launch an extra eleven by the top of 2013. These three-year partnership packages embody school alternate and curriculum growth packages in varied disciplines, together with gender research, distance studying, and communications. By way of this program, Fatima Jinnah Girls College works with the College of Texas, Austin to determine linkages in Gender Research, Communication and Media Research, and Anthropology.

Trade packages and partnerships are one factor of a complete U.S. schooling help program for Pakistan that features constructing or rehabilitating practically 850 colleges, which advantages greater than 86,000 faculty youngsters; creating accredited diploma packages in schooling at 90 instructor schools and universities; offering faculty scholarships for greater than 10,000 low-income college students; establishing Facilities for Superior Research at three Pakistani universities; and launching partnerships that join American and Pakistani universities. USAID’s Trainer Training Undertaking at Fatima Jinnah Girls College has awarded 36 Bachelor of Training pupil scholarships, supplied skilled growth coaching for school and funded the refurbishing of Fatima Jinnah’s Training constructing lecture rooms.

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