SINDH BASIC EDUCATION PROGRAM
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News & Events
September 19, 2107
Another milestone achieved, SBEP two more schools inaugurated today.The Sindh Basic Education Program inaugurated two more state-of the-art school buildings of Government High School Dodanko Rohri & Government High School Numaish Colony Sukkur today. The Sindh Education Minister Jam Mehtab Hussain Dahar, USAID Deputy Mission Director Ms. Denise A. Herbol inaugurated the ceremony accompanied by the City Mayor Sukkur Asralan Islam Shaikh, Commissioner Sukkur Abbass Baloch and Program Director SBEP Mr. Abdul Wahab Soomro at the ceremony. All the SBEP partners,Govt. Officials, community members, students, teachers, parents and media persons have largely attended the event. Among 106, the 12 schools have been inaugurated, so far under USAID $155M USAIID funded Sindh Basic Education Program, while 12 more schools are ready to hand over to School Education & Literacy Department for education activities.


Karachi - 25 July 2017
SCDP holds a meeting on progression of the NFE policy document. The Sindh School Education & Literacy Department and the USAID have started scaling up the efforts to address the problem of out-of-school children in Sindh and bringing children back to the classrooms. Under the umbrella of USAID supported Sindh Basic Education Program (SBEP), the Sindh Capacity Development Project (SCDP) presented the briefing on progression of Non Formal Education Policy document on Tuesday, July 25, 2017 in Program Management & Implementation Unit (PMIU) of SBEP. The Secretary, School Education & literacy Department, Mr. Abdul Aziz Uqaili chaired the session. The SBEP partners and stakeholders, including Sindh Community Mobilization Program (CMP) Sindh Reading Program (SRP), Pakistan Reading Program (PRP), Directorate of Non Formal Education and Directorate of Monitoring & Evaluation were present in the meeting. Mr. Abdul Wahab Soomro, Program Director -SBEP, Mr. Lila Ram Project Management Specialist (Education) USAID and the representatives of UNICEF Sindh & JICA Pakistan also attended the event. Mr. Uqaili was of view that the policy document will be presented to the parliamentarians for the approval and implementation of the policy in Sindh.


Sindh Education Minister and US Consul General break ground for the construction of schools in Karachi - 12 May 2017
The Sindh Education Minister and US Consul General along with Special Secretary Education Akhtar Inyat Bhurgri and US Deputy Mission Director Denise Herbol broke ground to mark the start of construction of four more schools today here in Karachi. The local government representatives, community leaders, teachers and students were also present on the occasion. The schools are being constructed under USAID $155 million Sindh Basic Education Program. Speaking at the event, the Sindh Education Minister Jam Mehtab Hussain Dahar, expressed his appreciation for the U.S. Government’s strong support in modernizing education in Sindh. “Education is the utmost priority of the Sindh Government and we are very grateful to USAID for helping us in education reforms, a need of the hour.” While thanking US Government, he further added that the US Government is helping us in the construction of more than 100 new school buildings in Sindh through the Sindh Basic Education Program. This is one of the best investments we have ever had, which will change the economic and social conditions of our next generations. “The United States Government strongly supports education in Pakistan and we are proud to partner with the Sindh Government for the construction of 106 schools throughout Sindh,” said Consul Grace Shelton at the ceremony. The SBEP is constructing up to 106 modern school buildings in eight districts of Sindh. Currently, 23 schools are completed and 11 schools stand operational for educational activities. The project aims to increase and sustain student enrollment in primary, middle and secondary public schools in selected areas of Sindh, with a special focus on bringing back children who have dropped out of schools. Besides construction, SBEP also support the government in piloting the reforms in education, community mobilization, public-private partnerships and improving reading competencies of students in schools.


Program Steering Committee (PSC) of SBEP meets to review the progress - 30 March 2017
The 16th Program Steering Committee of Sindh Basic Education Program meets to review program progress on 30th March 2017 at PMIU, Karachi. The chairman PSC Mr. Abdul Aziz Uqaili, chaired the meeting. The PSC member’s and SBEP partners, including USAID, CMP, SRP and SCDP have attended the meeting.Representatives from Pakistan Reading Program and other Government Officials have also attended.


Children in Sukkur gets a modern school with better learning environment and facilities - 16 February 2017
Sukkur – Having passion for education in their eyes and hearts, over 900 young boys and girls entered into newly built modern building of Government High school Abad Lakha today as a result of Government of Sindh’s continued effort to modernize education in the province. Government High School Abad Lakha was formally opened and handed over to the Education Management Organization by Commissioner Sukkur, Muhammad Abbas Baluch today who was the Chief Guest at a ceremony organized by the Sindh Basic Education Program (SBEP). Also present on the opening ceremony were Deputy Commissioner Sukkur, school education department officials, SBEP partners including Community Mobilization Program, Sindh Reading Program, Sindh Capacity Development Program, Halcrow, notable of the area, teachers, students and parents. Speaking on the occasion, Muhammad Yousaf Shaikh Assistant, Commissioner Sukkur said, “We are highly indebted to the USAID support for children of Sindh. Through this unique way of learning, around 50,000 children will get better opportunities to learn and become future leaders. USAID is helping us to build around 106 new schools in Sindh with modern technology and these schools will have all the facilities of a world class educational institute.” Standing tall and high, the Government High School Abad Lakha was formerly a primary school for boys, however, under Government’s policy of merging and consolidation, neighboring government girls primary school was combined together and now the children of this area will benefit from a modern High School having 12 well-lit properly ventilated specious classrooms, a library, science and computer labs, multipurpose hall, health room, separate washroom facilities for boys and girls, staff room, administrative block and Principal’s office. The buildings also have gated boundary wall, tube well and water filter system, solar power, playgrounds, onsite wastewater treatment and disposal, furniture and equipment. Under this program 106 schools modern schools are being built which are not only state-of-the-art but are envisioned to provide better learning environment and facilities. So far 11 schools have been completed and 6 school have been handed over in Sukkur and Khairpur districts to reputable educational institutions such as IBA Sukkur, Beconhouse and Charter for Compassion (CFC) for efficient management while another 70 schools are under various stages of completion. The program is being implemented in seven districts of northern Sindh including Qamber Shahdadkot, Kashmore, Jacobabad, Larkana, Sukkur, Khairpur, Dadu and five towns of Karachi. The SBEP is a five year initiative funded-by USAID to support Government of Sindh (GOS) in increasing and sustaining the enrollment of children specially girls in primary, middle and secondary schools. Both USAID and GOS are working collectively towards improving the quality and access to education for children of Sindh.


Secretary, Sindh School Education visited the office of the SBEP - 03 January 2017
The USAID funding for modernizing the education in Sindh has played an important role in improving education in the districts affected by 2010 floods. We are beholden to this generous support by the people of USA”, said Mr. Jamal Mustafa Syed, Secretary, Sindh School Education Department, Government of Sindh, during his visit to the Program Management & Implementation Unit, Sindh Basic Education Program (SBEP), Karachi, today. Mr. Syed was briefed jointly by the SBEP’s Program Director, Mr. Akram Ali Khowaja and the USAID Program Manager for SBEP, Dr. Randy Hatfield, about the objectives, achievements and future plans of the program. The representatives of all SBEP stakeholders, including Sindh Reading Program (SRP), Community Mobilization Program (CMP), Sindh Capacity Development Project (SCDP), Halcrow Pakistan, Pakistan Reading Project (PRP), and the Public - Private Partnership (PPP) Node of the School Education Department, and other government officials, also attended the meeting.


Program Steering Committee (PSC) of SBEP meets to review the progress - 16 December 2016
The 15th Program Steering Committee of Sindh Basic Education Program meets to review program progress today at PMIU, Karachi. The chairman PSC Dr. Fazalullah Pechuho chaired the meeting. All SBEP partners, including USAID, CMP, SRP and SCDP have attended the meeting. Representatives from Pakistan Reading Program and other Government Officials have also attended.


SCDP NFE Conference on “Moving Towards a Policy on Non-formal Education and Alternative Learning Pathways for Sindh” - 07 December 2016
The School Education Department, Government of Sindh in collaboration with SBEP’s Sindh Capacity Development Project (SCDP) organized a conference on “Moving towards a Sindh Non-formal Education & Alternative Learning Pathways Policy” on December 7, 2016 at Avari Hotel, Karachi. The conference was presided over by the Minister for Education and Literacy, Government of Sindh, Mr. Jam Mahtab Hussain Dahar. The purpose of the conference was to share the key aspects and processes of developing the much-needed policy on Non Formal Education and Alternative Learning Pathways, and seek support from key stakeholders on implementation mechanisms prior to the policy’s finalization by the Government of Sindh. The event was attended by key stakeholders from the Sindh Assembly Standing Committee including Chairman Khurshid Ahmed Junejo, Ms. Khairunnisa Mughal and Samar Ali Khan; industry champions; Sindh Education Foundation; civil society academia and development partners. Inaugurating the conference, Ms. Alia Shahid, Special Secretary, School Education Department (SED) shared that the policy formulation process was initiated over a year ago as a direct response to the challenge of 51% of children being out of school in Sindh and an adult literacy rate of 58% with widening gaps between rural and urban areas especially for the female population. Mr. Alam Thaheem, Director Literacy and Non-Formal Education, SED, shared the one year journey and its milestones and Mr. Abdus Sami Khan the lead consultant for the Policy carefully explained the core elements of Sindh NFE and Alternative Learning Pathways Policy. Speaking at the occasion, the Minister for Education and Literacy, Mr. Dahar, reiterated that the Government of Sindh is committed to education and marked it as the highest priority. He added that providing opportunities of meaningful education to out-of-school children, young persons and adults who are not literate is a critical need for the province with many emergent economic opportunities. Dr. Randy Hatfield from USAID, Ms. Chiho Ohashi from JICA, Ms. Shahla Rashiduddin from UNICEF and Mr. Kazi Mahessar from UNESCO firmly pledged ongoing support to the effort as a continued consortium of development partners to implement the important Policy. They endorsed the convincing theory of change for the Policy that sought to bring NFE/ALP from the margins to the centre of critical actions for inclusive and equitable lifelong education in Sindh. Both the Minister and Special Secretary appreciated the commitment and support of USAID Pakistan to the Government of Sindh in developing and implementing innovative educational reforms. Ms. Shahid particularly thanked SCDP and USAID for the technical support provided to finalise the policy. She expressed her gratitude towards development partners including JICA, UNICEF, UNESCO and the USAID’s Sindh Reading Program (SRP) for their vital support in developing an encompassing policy and curriculum framework for Non Formal and Alternative Learning. Post conference, the policy will be submitted for the approval by the Minister of Education & Literacy and SED to the Government of Sindh together with appropriate and sustained funding commitment. SCDP is also supporting SED in developing an implementation framework, and it is expected that SED will initiate implementation from January 2017.


Another milestone achieved - 03 December 2016
Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah and US Consul General Ms. Grace Shelton witnessed the Signing activity between the School Education Department and partners from private sector referred as Education Management Organizations (EMOs) under the Sindh Basic Education Program (SBEP) on Saturday in Karachi. Under the activity agreement, five new schools formally handed over to the Beacon house, Sukkur IBA, Charter for Compassion and Indus Resource Center for the period of ten years. Secretary School Education, Dr. Fazlullah Pechuho briefed the participants about the new approach of EMOs in government run schools. Also attended the event at Chief Minister House was, by USAID Deputy Mission Director Ms. Denise Herbol, USAID Senior Policy Advisor, Dr. Randy Hatfield, Sindh Education Minister Jam Mehtab Hussain Dahar, Chief Secretary Sindh, Rizwan Memon, Program Director SBEP Akram Ali Khowaja and partners & stakeholders of the program.


SBEP Contractors Dissemination Conference - 01 December 2016
The Sindh Basic Education Program organized a “Contractors Dissemination Conference” in collaboration with with USAID and Halcrow Pakistan held on 1st December 2016. The well reputed civil contractors across the country participated in the event. Dr. Randy Hatfield, Senior Policy Adviser & Program Manager USAID-SBEP and Mr. Akram Khowaja, Program Director Sindh Basic Education Program (SBEP) jointly oriented the participants about upcoming school construction packages under SBEP.


Launch of Non-Formal Education Curriculum - 29 November 2016
The Sindh Reading Program (SRP) achieved a monumental milestone when the Education and Literacy Department, GoS launched the Non-Formal Basic Education (NFBE) Curriculum for Sindh on November 29. The event marked the launch of an essential document pertaining to the strengthening of Non-Formal Basic Education of Sindh. The event’s guest speaker included Minister of Education Sindh, Jam Mehtab Dahar, and Secretary - School Education, Dr. Fazullullah Pechuho, who greatly appreciated SRP’s efforts in spearheading the development of Sindh’s own specialized NFBE curriculum that can cater to the needs of out of school children. The Non-Formal Education Directorate, Education & Literacy Department (ELD) was a host to this event, where representatives from the ELD of Sindh, Curriculum Wing, USAID Sindh Basic Education Program (SBEP) partners, JICA, Bureau of Curriculum (BoC), Sindh Teachers Education Development Authority (STEDA), UNICEF, UNESCO and Sindh Education Foundation attended the ceremony. The guest list included stakeholders who contributed to the curriculum development process, such as, Shaheed Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto Institute of Science and Technology (SZABIST), Agha Khan University – Institute of Education Development (AKU-IED), Bangladesh Rural Advancement Committee (BRAC), Sindh Textbook Board (STBB) and Provincial Institute of Teacher’s Education (PITE). On this occasion, SRP also released a documentary film, titled “Fireflies of the Dawn” on the project’s Non Formal Education (NFE) intervention across the program’s three districts. Another video highlighting the process of NFE curriculum and materials development was also released, which drew attention to the benefits of a composite NFE curriculum that can allow primary level out of school children to enroll into the system later on. The curriculum development process was formally initiated in September of 2015, when the program partnered with Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) in this venture. During the ceremony, the process of development of curriculum was presented to the audience including its objectives as outlined in the Sindh Education Sector Plan, structure of curriculum development and formation process of the review committees. In this event, the document of Facilitator Management Framework Sindh was also launched which was developed by JICA.


SBEP inaugurated another state - of the - art school - 16 November 2016
The Sindh Basic Education Program inaugurated another state - of the - art school building of Government High School Bedil Bekas Rohri, District Sukkur today. The US Consul General Grace Shelton, and the Sindh Education Minister Jam Mehtab Hussain Dahar inaugurated the ceremony accompanied by The Sindh Transport Minister Syed Nasir Hussain Shah, City Mayor Sukkur Asralan Islam Shaikh and Program Director SBEP Mr. Akram Ali Khowaja during the ceremony. All the SBEP partners, Govt. Officials, community members, students, teachers, parents and media persons have largely attended the event. Among 106, this is the 6th school inaugurated under the Sindh Basic Education Program.


USAID Education Office Director visited the PMIU - 10 November 2016
Dr. Christopher Steel - USAID new Education Office Director visited the office of the Program Director, Sindh Basic Education Program. He was briefed with program highlights and achievements by the new Program Director Akram Ali Khowaja. The USAID Senior Policy Advisor Dr. Randy and representatives from SRP, CMP and SCDP were also presented in another session here in Karachi.


USAID Deputy Mission Director - 13 October 2016
The USAID Deputy Mission Director Denise Herbol visited the office of the Program Management & Implementation Unit of Sindh Basic Education Program. The Deputy Program Director PMIU - SBEP Dr. Imtiaz Bhatti oriented the visitors. The USAID Program Manager & Senior Policy Advisor, Dr. Randy Hatfield was also present there.


5th Anniversary of Activity Agreement of SBEP - 21 September 2016
The Sindh Basic Education Program, celebrating the 5th anniversary of activity agreement of SBEP at Program Management and Implementation Unit today in Karachi. The Secretary Education and Literacy Department,Dr.Fazlullah Pechuho and Dr. Randy Hatfield, Senior Advisor and Program Manager USAID, performed the cake cutting ceremony. All SBEP partners, including SRP, CMP and SCDP attended the ceremony. Representatives from Pakistan Reading Program and other government officials have also attended.


Program Steering Committee of SBEP meets to review the progress - 21 September 2016
The 14th Program Steering Committee of Sindh Basic Education Program meets to review program progress today at PMIU, Karachi. The chairman PSC Dr.Fazalullah Pechuho chaired the meeting. All SBEP partners, including USAID, CMP, SRP and SCDP have attended the meeting. Representatives from Pakistan Reading Program and other Government Officials have also attended.


The Asian Development Bank (ADB) delegation - 30 August 2016
The Asian Development Bank (ADB) delegation visited Program Management and Implementation Unit of Sindh Basic Education Program on the 30th of August 2016. The Senior Officials of ABD including Rie Hiraoka, Director, Social Sector, Jouko Sarvi, Lead Education Specialist / Mission Leader, Sofia Shakil, Senior Education Specialist, Devya Mathew, Planning and Policy Specialist and Ismat Raza, Senior Project Officerparticipated the SBEP team here in Karachi. The delegation consultedGovernment and other stakeholders on education sector development needs in Sindh. The Program Director Sindh Basic Education Program Rafique A. Buriro and Senior Advisor, USAID Dr. Randy Hatfield oriented the visitors on program objectives and achievements. The representatives from SBEP other components, i.e. SRP, CMP, SCDP and Halcrow Pakistan were also present that location. The meeting was successfully ended with vote of thanks.


The Sindh Basic Education Program inaugurated 5th state - of the - art school building at Kolab Jial - 23 August 2016
The Sindh Basic Education Program inaugurated 5th state - of the - art school building at Kolab Jial, district Khairpur. The US Consul General Brain Heath, Sindh Education Minister Jam Mehtab Hussain Dahar, Secretary Education Dr. Fazalullah Pechuho and Program Director SBEP Mr. Rafiq A. Buriro inaugurated the ceremony. All the SBEP partners, Govt. officials, community members, students, teachers, parents and media persons have largely attended the event.


Sindh Education Minister visited the office of Program Management and Implementation Unit (PMIU) - 19 August 2016
Mr. Jam Mehtab Hussain Dahar, the Sindh Education Minister visited the office of Program Management and Implementation Unit (PMIU) on August 19. He chaired a detailed meeting with all SBEP partners and reviewed the program progress. The representatives from USAID, SRP, CMP and SCDP attended the meeting. The Minister appreciates the efforts of the SBEP team and ensures his full cooperation in program execution.


Ground Breaking Ceremony of Schools at Monder Lakaha Village Qambar ShahdadKot - May 28 2016
The ground breaking ceremony for construction of schools of USAID supported Sindh Basic Education Program at QSK was held successfully on 28th May 2016 at Village Monder Lakha Taluka Naseer Abad District Qambar Shahdadkot. QSK is the District, where SBEP has the highest number of schools (21) are being constructed. The event was chaired by worthy Deputy Commissioner QSK Mr. Fayaz Alam Solangi. Also present District Education Officers, DDOs, TOs, teachers, community members, students and media persons at the event.


4th School Inaugurated at Jhajh Regulator Khairpur - May 17 2016
The Sindh Basic Education Program inaugurated 4th School Building at Jhajh Regulator District Khairpur. Additional Deputy Commissioner Mr. Riaz Hussain Wassan chaired the event. District Education Officers, ACs, newly selected UC chairman, civil society representatives, media persons, Community members, teachers and students have attended the ceremony. The students performed cultural songs, speeches and received prizes on classroom performance. ADC visited the school and witnessed the signing activity of handing over of school to EMOs. District Information Officer along with media persons also presented there to cover the event.


School opening ceremony of Government Girls High School Arain - May 10, 2016
The school opening ceremony of Government Girls High school Arain District Sukkur was held on the 10th May 2016 under Sindh Basic Education Program. Education and Literacy Department Government of Sindh with the Support of USAID, constructing 106 state of the art school buildings in 7 seven districts of Northern Sindh and five towns of Karachi. The opening & handing over ceremony of the Government Girls High School Arain District Sukkur was held on 10th May, 2016 at new school building of GGHS Arain Goth Sukkur. Commissioner Sukkur Mohammad Abbass Balouch joined the event as Chief Guest. All key stakeholders were presented during the ceremony. Mr. Balouch has inaugurated the school building and performed ribbon cutting ceremony. He addresses the ceremony and said that “I am happy to see a girl school building constructed by USAI and Government of Sindh. He added that when a girl gets education means that whole family will be educated in future”. People from different walks of life and Government officials including Regional Director Information, Assistant Commissioner Sukkur, Districts Education Officers, teachers, students, parents, community members and media persons have largely attended the ceremony. The school officially handed over to Charter for Compassion the successor Education Management Organization (EMO). In the end Commissioner Sukkur along with the participants have visited school and stalls placed at school from stakeholders of Sindh Basic Education Program.


13th PSC Meeting – May 4, 2016
The 13th meeting of the Program Steering Committee (PSC) for the Sindh Basic Education Program (SBEP) was held on Wednesday, May 4, 2016. The meeting was chaired by the Secretary Education, Dr. Fazalullah Pechuho and representatives from USAID, Community Mobilization Program, Sindh Reading Program, Sindh Capacity Development Project, Pakistan Reading Project, P&D department, RSU, Director of Schools Education/ their representatives and ADCs, Halcrow Pakistan. The progress of all the program components was reviewed by Secretary Education and decisions were taken accordingly to move forward. The committee has also approved the minutes of last PSC meeting.


Start of new era - first State of the art school building was handed over to EMO - April 15, 2016
The official handing over / taking over ceremony of Government Boys High School Kouro Goth was held on 15th April 2016 at new school building of GBHS Kouro Goth. All key stakeholders were presented during the ceremony. M/S Kay Bees the construction firm handed over school to Program Management and Implementation Unit (PMIU) Education and literacy department Government of Sindh. PMIU then handed over school to District Education Officer Khairpur and at the end District Education Officer Khairpur handed over new school building to successful Education Management Organization (EMOs) (Charter for Compassion). Mr. Allah Bux Buriro signed document on behalf of Contractor, Mr. Mahboob Ali Naich from PMIU, Mr. Ghulam Hyder Bullo District Education Officer Khairpur and Mr. Shahid Kareem from Charter for Compassion signed the activity agreement. Member from SMC, head teacher of the school and representative from Sindh Community Mobilization Program and Halcrow Pakistan were participated as witness of the activity agreement. The new school building is now officially handed over to EMO on start of new academic year 2016-17.


A Journey of transformation from dream to reality - Inauguration of Government High School, Kouro Goth, District Khairpur - April 7, 2016
Sindh Basic Education Program’s first state of the art school building’s inauguration ceremony of GBHS Kouro Goth was performed at village Kouro Goth district Khairpur on April 7, 2016. More than 600 people from different walks of life participated in the event. The event was chaired by Syed Qaim Ali Shah, Chief Minister – Sindh and Brian Heath, Counsel General – U.S and witnessed by officials of Government of Sindh, civil society representatives, U.S. Consulate, Karachi and most importantly a young politician Ms. Bakhtawar Bhutto Zardari D/o Former President of Pakistan Mr. Asif Ali Zardari and Former Prime Minister Ms. Benazir Bhutto. Dr. Fazlullah Pechuho, Secretary, Education and Literacy - Government of Sindh appreciated the efforts of USAID and SBEP partners in modernizing the education in the province. He also proposed USAID and Chie Minister of Sindh to get the larger portion of Let Girl’s Learn initiative for the Sindh Province. John Groarke, Mission Director, USAID – Pakistan said that, Pakistan can’t achieve optimum potential unless they ensure the access and quality of education for boys and girls. Nisar Ahmed Khuhro, Senior Minister, Education - Government of Sindh acknowledged the contribution of USAID and appreciated the efforts of SBEP partners. He also highlighted how important it is to hand over newly constructed schools to EMOs for effective management and quality of education. Brian Heath, Counsel General, U.S. Consulate, Karachi mentioned that, USAID endeavor to provide quality of education to prepare adolescents and youth for challenges of 21st century. USAID is not only contributing in primary and basic education but also investing health, energy, skill development and infrastructural development. We appreciate the proactive coordination and continued partnership of government for implementation of developmental interventions. Screening of documentary encapsulating the efforts of all SBEP partners.Bakhtawar Bhutto Zardari, Politician and daughter of Former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto attended, in fact enjoyed the ceremony and acknowledged the devotion, commitment, and hard work of Education & Literacy Department to complete this state of the art building in record time. She continued that, the grant contribution of the people of the USA is a direct gift to the children of Sindh. There is no better way to turn a new page in the history other than educating our children. Sindh has a vibrant private sector system serving to millions of children and sound unique in sense that it combines the strengths of the two systems of education. She concluded with the words of her mother Benazir Bhutto, “They must choose between progress and extremism and education is the way to combat extremism.” Syed Qaim Ali Shah, Chief Minister, Sindh paid gratitude to USAID for their generous contribution and consider the education for both girls and boys is an absolute way forward to cope with social and economic challenges. He promised to continue his government’s support for ensuring the access of quality education. The inauguration ceremony and this well-equipped school is nonetheless than a celebration of bright future for us.


12th PSC Meeting – 12 January, 2016
The 12th meeting of the Program Steering Committee (PSC) for the Sindh Basic Education Program (SBEP) was held on Tuesday, January 12, 2016. The meeting was chaired by the Secretary Education, Dr. Fazlullah Pechuho and representatives from USAID, Community Mobilization Program, Sindh Reading Program, Sindh Capacity Development Project, Pakistan Reading Project, P&D Department, RSU, Director of Schools Education/ their representatives and ADCs, Halcrow Pakistan. The progress of all the program components was reviewed by Secretary Education and decisions were taken accordingly to move forward.


USAID funded first state - of - art school building has been completed in Khairpur District - 23 December, 2015
Sindh Basic Education Program (SBEP), Education and Literacy Department, Government of Sindh, with the support of USAID is privileged to announce the completion of first state of the art school building for GBHS Jhajh Regulator at village Jhajh Regulator of Taluka Faiz Gunj, District Khairpur Sindh.The SBEP with support of USAID is committed to reconstruct up to 120 state of the art school buildings in 7 districts of Northern Sindh and 5 towns of Karachi. The new school buildings are child friendly with key features of library, computer lab, science lab, administrative block, multipurpose hall and separate toilet blocks. “SBEP school buildings have been constructed according to international standards with strict regular monitoring from PMIU and from international engineering consultants”, this was stated by Tamezuddin Khero, Program Director - SBEP. He further said”. We are not just constructing school buildings with conducive learning environment for children, but also setting models to modernize education in Sindh”. He praised the USAID team for their outstanding support to the people of Pakistan in education sector. The announcement of completion of first school building was made by Dr. Fazalullah Pechuho, Secretary, Education & Literacy Department, GoS, in a meeting with stakeholders. He appreciated SBEP team and all relevant departments for their tireless efforts in ensuring the quality of deliverables and hoped that other school buildings would also be completed with continuous support of USAID. He specially thanked Ex-Ambassador Richard Olson, Mission Director Mr. Gottleib, Consul General in Karachi, Mr. Randy Hatfield and his team in supporting the SBEP. Dr. Pechuho further added that “on behalf of the Government of Sindh, he is thankful to all those who have and are supporting the noble cause of educating the children of under developed areas in Sindh. He mentioned that the partnership between US & Pakistan people will bring closer both the nations and hoped to have more future partnerships in improving the lives of people in Pakistan and Sindh in particular. He was hopeful that Sindh Basic Education Program will be able to deliver more and more schools in coming days till the completion of 120 state of the art school buildings”.


SRP has arranged consultative workshop on libraries development - 17 December, 2015
Sindh Reading Program has arranged a consultative workshop on Libraries development. As part of a larger initiative managed by Sindh Reading Program (SRP), one of its explicit strategic objectives has been to identify innovative ways to attract children and young people to reading in communal spaces and facilitate their cognitive development through the potent medium of libraries. To this end, SRP has taken on the challenge of upgrading 110 multi-campus school libraries, school reading spaces, and ten public libraries. These efforts are expected to promote reading, establish information access points and support academic success of children of all ages. SRP also aims to initiate and build the momentum of upscaling libraries in Sindh to global standards. Our envisaged model libraries will serve as social touchpoints, offering young readers more than just books.


Meeting on Launch of Networking Group on Child Nutrition - 08 December, 2015
SBEP - CMP launched District Networking Meetings on Child Nutrition with Stakeholders working in the nutrition sector in its program areas, by holding two networking meetings in Khairpur District and Karachi. The coordination meetings are part of program’s ongoing efforts to explore options for networking and mutual collaboration among nutrition sector stakeholders, to support program’s nutrition related activities. The meeting sessions also introduced CMP’s nutrition program and activities. Representatives, including from Education and Literacy Department (ELD), Department of Health, nutrition cell, development sector organizations working in nutrition sector participated in networking sessions. Nutrition working groups were formed, in Khairpur and Karachi to streamline, synergize and sustain nutrition related activities. It is ever first working group in Khairpur formed in nutrition sector.


Universal Children’s Day Celebrations - 20 November, 2015
Universal Children’s Day celebrations were organized across SBEP - CMP program districts and Karachi Towns to emphasize the importance of ensuring that children are able to survive and thrive through education and empowerment. 21 schools in the targeted districts and Karachi welcomed over 5,000 participants including 3,845 students, teachers, School Management Commettiess (SMCs) members, parents, community members, and district level Education and Literacy Department (ELD) officials to these celebrations. CMP facilitated these events with SMCs to improve the schools’ learning conditions, inform children regarding their rights, including the right to education, and motivate communities to enroll their children, especially girls in school – all to help unleash the children’s potential. The celebrations’ activities included general knowledge quiz, debating competition, art competition, and role plays on various topics related to education, like the importance of enrolling children, especially girls in school and performances on folk songs to the enthusiastic and encouraging audience of proud parents and well-wishers. Participating students were also recognized with trophies. School bags printed with the message “Let us go to school” were presented to the newly enrolled students.


Signing Agreements of Letter of Intent and Small Grants Disbursement - 19 November, 2015
Sindh Basic Education Program (SBEP) Education and Literacy Department Govt. of Sindh has signed a Letter of Intent with Telenor Pakistan through its sub program “Sindh Community Mobilization Program (CMP)” on 19th day of Nov 2015. A Grants Disbursement Agreement was also signed between Sindh Basic Education Program - Community Mobilization Program, Tameer Microfinance Bank Limited (TMFBL) and Telenor Easy Paisa- at CMP office at Karachi. CMP as part of USAID’s USD 155 million Sindh Basic Education Program (SBEP) will provide small grants to the SBEP selected schools in seven northern districts of Sindh and five towns of Karachi, by utilizing Easy Paisa services of Telenor through its subsidiary Tameer Microfinance Bank Limited. Telenor Pakistan has shown its great intent to provide in-kind support worth PKR 2.5 million for selected government schools in Sindh Province targeted by CMP. The partnership will be stepped a significant mark in collaboration of public private entities and development sector to synergize social development investments, particularly in the education sector.


SBEP schools’ five Science projects get selected for Intel’s National Science Fair - 27-29 October, 2015
Intel Provincial Science Fair 2015 was held from October 27 to 29 in Karachi. Sixteen projects developed by students from government schools of Larkana, Sukkur, Khairpur and Karachi were presented in Intel Provincial Science Fair. Of these, five projects are selected for participation in Intel National Science Fair, which will be held in January 2016 in Islamabad. CMP team facilitated Intel trainers from ISEF in conducting orientation sessions for participation in Intel Science Fair for 76 participating schools of Larkana, Sukkur, Khairpur and Karachi in May 2015. Approximately 6,394 students (Girls: 2,585; Boys: 3,809) from grade 8 to 11 and 545 teachers participated in the sessions. 190 students got registered with Intel for their participation in the national, provincial and regional science fairs.


Groundbreaking Ceremony in Dadu – 02 October, 2015
Sindh Basic Education Program's fifth groundbreaking ceremony was held on October 2, 2015 at Government Boys Middle School Waleed Shaikh, Dadu. It was inaugurated by Sindh Education Secretary Dr. Fazlullah Pechuho. The ceremony marked the beginning of school construction in Dadu. The groundbreaking ceremony was also attended by USAID representatives, MNA Mr. Rafiq Ahmed Jamali and MPA Pir Mujeeb-ul-Haq as well as Sindh Department of Education and Literacy officials and teachers, students, and members of the community. Government Boys Middle School Waleed Shaikh is one of the 6 schools of Package 8 (Dadu 1) that has been contracted out for construction.


11th PSC Meeting – 03 September, 2015
The 11th meeting of the Program Steering Committee (PSC) for the Sindh Basic Education Program (SBEP) was held on Thursday, September 03, 2015. The meeting was chaired by the Secretary Education, Dr. Fazlullah Pechuho and representatives from USAID, Community Mobilization Program, Sindh Reading Program, Sindh Capacity Development Project, Pakistan Reading Project, P&D department, RSU, Director of Schools Education/ their representatives and ADCs, Halcrow Pakistan. The progress of all the program components was reviewed by Secretary Education and decisions were taken accordingly to move forward.


Child Nutrition in Sindh: Challenges and Opportunities - 16 June, 2015
Sindh Community Mobilization Program organized a “Child Nutrition in Sindh: Challenges and Opportunities” conference. The purpose was to build a strong coordination with development partners and implement a comprehensive strategy to fight malnutrition in Sindh. Several children suffer from malnutrition, especially those in SBEP targeted districts of Sindh, this consequently affects their ability to learn. To reinforce the significance of the subject, Sindh Education Secretary Dr. Fazlullah Pechuho, Health Secretary Mr. Saeed Ahmed Mangnejo, USAID Deputy Mission Director Mr. Leon Waskin, USAID Senior Policy Advisor and Program Manager-SBEP Mr. Randy Hatfield and numerous other officials from the Sindh Health, Education, and Planning and Development departments attended the conference.


MOU Ceremonies in Sukkur & Larkana - 12 June, 2015
Sindh Basic Education Program's groundbreaking ceremony was held on June 12, 2015 at Government Municipal High School located in the Sukkur District. It was inaugurated by the Secretary of Education Fazlullah Pechuho and USAID’s Senior Policy Advisor and Program Manager Randy Hatfield. The ceremony marked the beginning of government school construction in Sukkur and Larkana. Community Mobilization Program (CMP) facilitated School Management Committees (SMCs) consisting of head teachers, parents and elders to sign the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with construction contractors. The MOU defines the roles and responsibilities of the construction contractors and the SMCs.


Standard Setting for Early Grade Reading Skills - 8th to 12th June, 2015
Pakistan Reading Project (PRP) and the Sindh Reading Program (SRP) organized a workshop on “Standard Setting for Early Grades Reading Skills” on national level. This effort was supported by the Ministry of Education and Training (Sindh) and the Government of Sindh (GoS) was represented by a team of 14 members from the Sindh Reading Standards Committee.


World Environment Day Celebrations - 05 June, 2015
World Environment Day was celebrated on June 5, 2015 by Sindh Community Mobilization Program in seven districts and five towns of Karachi. Over 7,00 young trees were planted by communities who pledged to keep their environment clean. Over 3,000 students, teachers, community members and government officials from eight schools participated in the celebrations. The program spread awareness regarding the need of preserving environment for a healthy planet. Students participated debates, speech contests and performed on cultural songs. In addition, the government officials emphasized on the need for protecting environment and promoting health friendly behaviors.


Road Show for EMOs - 02 June, 2015
A road show was organized by Community Mobilization Program where information booths were set up by representatives of 13 new construction schools and 1 neighboring school, SBEP program components, legal firm HaiderMotaBNR, ELD PPP Node and Finance Department. Representatives from the private sector were able to understand and participate in the EMO bidding process and interact with development partners and Education & Literacy Dept, GOS. It provided a platform for all stakeholders and potential EMO bidders to directly interact with their beneficiary communities and representatives from schools selected for new construction. It granted an opportunity for the potential EMOs to establish a deeper understanding about the EMOs, initiated by ELD, GOS. Certificates of appreciation were also awarded to the community members from northern districts of Sindh for their contribution towards the Sindh Basic Education Program (SBEP).


EGRA Dissemination Conference - 28 May, 2015
Sindh Reading Program held Early Grade Reading Assessment (EGRA) Dissemination Conference on May 28, 2015. The purpose was to share EGRA baseline results on provincial level with stakeholders. It determined how the assessment skills of government teachers had improved through trainings conducted by SRP and how it left an impact on children’s reading skills. The provincial dissemination was attended by Government of Sindh’s counterparts - PMIU, Bureau of Curriculum (BoC), Provincial Institute of Teacher Education (PITE), Sindh Teacher Education Development Authority (STEDA), Civil Society and USAID.


10th PSC Meeting - 19 May, 2015
The 10th meeting of the Program Steering Committee (PSC) for the Sindh Basic Education Program (SBEP) was held on Tuesday, May 19th, 2015. The meeting was chaired by the Secretary Education, Dr. Fazlullah Pechuho and representatives from USAID, Community Mobilization Program, Sindh Reading Program, Pakistan Reading Program and Director of Schools Education/ their representatives. The progress of all the program components was reviewed by Secretary Education and decisions were taken accordingly to move forward.


Re-opening of Mir Masoom Sukkur Library - 23 April, 2015
Sindh Reading Program (SRP) celebrated World Book Day by re-opening the newly refurbished Mir Masoom Shah Library in Sukkur on April 23, 2015. This library is the first of an anticipated ten libraries to be restored by the program throughout Sindh. Sindh Reading Program in collaboration with Rotary Club agreed to equip the library with more than 5,000 books both for children and adults and IT equipment including a photocopy and scanner machine and computers equipped with internet for a year. The launch ceremony included performances by students wearing colorful traditional dresses and speeches by the Sukkur Commissioner, SRP Chief of Party, and Rotary’s General Secretary, all reinforcing the importance of reading and using the library regularly to bring the community together in a peaceful and positive way.


Fourth EMO Conference - 26 March, 2015
Education & Literacy Department (E&LD) will contract credible Education Management Organizations (EMOs) from the private sector to manage and improve the functioning of public schools. The fourth conference was held on Education Management Organizations to solicit feedback and recommendations from private and public sector.


Groundbreaking Ceremony in Karachi - 19 March, 2015
Sindh Basic Education Program's fourth groundbreaking ceremony was held on March 19, 2015 at Government School Damba Goth (village), Karachi. It was inaugurated by Sindh Minister for Education Nisar Ahmed Khuhro and USAID’s Mission Director Gregory Gottlieb. The ceremony marked the beginning of school construction in Karachi. The groundbreaking ceremony was also attended by USAID Senior Policy Advisor and Program Manager SBEP Dr. Randy Hatfield, Sindh Education Secretary Fazlullah Pechuho, MNA Abdul Hakeem Baloch and MPA Muhammad Sajid Jokhio as well as Sindh Department of Education and Literacy officials and teachers, students, and members of the community. Government School Damba Goth (village) is one of the five schools of Package 5 (Karachi 1) that has been contracted out for construction.


Teachers' & Children Literature Festival - 26-28 February, 2015
Sindh Reading Program participated in the Teachers' Literature Festival (TLF) and Children's Literature Festival (CLF) held in Karachi from February 26 to 28 2015. The objective was to generate awareness about the program and its outreach as well as to engage teachers, students, and caregivers in various activities to promote a culture of reading.


Karachi Literature Festival - 6-8 February, 2015
Sindh Reading Program participated in the 6th Karachi Literature Festival from February 6-8, 2015 with the overall objective of promoting a reading culture and to generate an awareness about the program. The stall included various activities besides the program display and promotional materials—young visitors were provided materials to engage them in creating their own ‘reading buddies’ and bookmarks. They were encouraged to make drawings and do coloring. The visitors, young and old, had the option to sit at the booth and read a story book and story-telling sessions for children were also held by the program team. There was a comment book for visitors to share their thoughts on why reading is important and what approaches can be adopted to promote a reading culture.


MOU Ceremonies in Karachi - 4,6-12 February, 2015
The contract for package of schools in Karachi to be reconstructed under Sindh Basic Education Program has recently been awarded to Messrs Badar Engineering Works. The five government schools under this package include Government Boys Secondary School (GBSS) in Gadap Town's Damba Village Gadap town, GBSS in Bin Qasim Town's Cattle Colony, Government Boys Elementary School (GBES) in Gadap Town's Waryo Gabol, Government Boys Primary School, Yousaf Goth, Gadap town and Government Boys Primary School in Bin Qasim Town's Sindhi Jamaat Cooperative Housing Society.The first Memorandum of Understanding was signed for reconstruction of GBSS Damba Village in Gadap Town on February 4, 2015. The MoUs signing ceremonies in the remaining schools will be accomplished by February 12,2015 between school management committees and Badar Engineering Works. It would be facilitated by the Community Mobilisation Programme (CMP). The new school buildings will have 8 to 12 classrooms, science and computer laboratories, library, staff room, clinic and a playground with gated boundary wall.


9th PSC Meeting - 15 January, 2015
Meeting of the 9th Program Steering Committee (PSC) was held at the office of PMIU to monitor the progress of Sindh Basic Education Program on Thursday January 15, 2014. The meeting was chaired by Secretary Education & Literacy Department, Govt. of Sindh. Program Steering Committee expressed its pleasure with the performance of whole team of Sindh Basic Education Program as well as for the consistent support from the its development partner i.e. USAID. The program has been meeting all its planned targets. The meeting was attended by representatives from USAID, Planning & Development Department, Govt. of Sindh, , Reform Support Unit (RSU), Directors of schools from target divisions, Deputy commissions of target districts, Regional Director of Pakistan Reading Program as well as Program Director of Sindh Basic Education Program, Chief of Party of Community Mobilization Program and acting Chief of Party of Sindh Reading Program.


First Cohort of Teacher Training Program - 30-31 December,2014
Sindh Reading Program launched the first cohort of teacher training program with a 2-day orientation on December 30-31, 2014 for 3,000 primary school teachers. The teachers were oriented on reading and mathematics framework and the basic skills required for improving reading and mathematics in early grades. The teachers also practiced scripted lesson plans through modern techniques using activity based learning approach.


Master Trainer's Development Workshop - 19-23 December,2014
Sindh Reading Program held Master Trainers’ Professional Development Workshop in sukkur. 150 education administrators and master trainers learnt and practiced scripted lesson plans on reading and mathematics. The 5-day workshop organized by Sindh Reading Program provided an opportunity to the participants to get hands-on experience of various teaching and learning techniques including mentoring, observation, assessment, lesson planning and delivery, focusing on reading and mathematics instruction.The Chief of Party, Sindh Reading Program addressed all participants on the first day to encourage and motivate them on this long journey of continuous improvement. The participants developed and used a number of teaching learning aids/materials that can be used in the primary grades for imparting reading and numeracy skills. These included low-cost materials such as hand-made charts, flash cards, and items of daily use easily available in homes such as flowers or biscuits to demonstrate the concepts fluency, vocabulary, addition and subtraction. At the end of workshop, participants shared their reflections about the methodology adopted by Sindh Reading Program to improve reading in target areas of Sindh.


Brainstorming Sessions for Outsourcing of SBEP Schools - 10 December, 2014
PMIU organized a one-day brainstorming session to consolidate recommendations for the Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) for management outsourcing of SBEP schools. PMIU previously organized a similar policy dialogue on Education Management Organizations (EMOs) with leadership hailing from government, donors, corporates and civil society. It gathered inputs from district education administration through Community Mobilization Program. In this session, SBEP team and government officials shared the progress and worked towards finalizing the recommendations for the Education Department with input and suggestions from participants.


MOU Signing with Intel Pakistan - 04 December, 2014
Sindh Education Minister Nisar Khuhro and US Ambassador Richard G. Olson were present at the signing ceremony of the MoU held between Sindh Education and Literacy Department, USAID and Intel Pakistan Corporation. Under the terms of the MoU, Intel will provide training to at least 800 government teachers, 4,000 students, and 4,000 out-of-school adolescents and adults over a period of three years. This will also enable them to use effectively information communication technology (ICT) in school education, literacy, and daily life. Intel Pakistan will also work with the Sindh Basic Education Program (SBEP) to support school and regional public libraries..


SBEP Dissemination Conference - 03 December, 2014
Sindh Basic Education Program (SBEP) Dissemination Conference was held in Islamabad to highlight and promote the shared vision of USAID and Sindh Government in modernizing education in Sindh. There was a detailed presentation on SBEP's major program components such as Architectural and Engineering support, Sindh Reading Program, Community Mobilization Program and Innovative Public Private Partnership to inform other donors and NGOs about the progress in improving education in Sindh .


Groundbreaking Ceremony in Larkana - 20 October, 2014
The third Groundbreaking Ceremony under Sindh Basic Education Program (SBEP) marked the beginning of school construction in District Larkana. The construction of schools is being carried out in packages. he construction of Package 4 schools started on October 20th 2014 with a groundbreaking ceremony at the Government School in Village Saido Dero, District Larkana Sindh. The occasion was marked by US Consul General Karachi Brian Heath, USAID Deputy Mission Director Leon S. Waskin, Ms. Faryal Talpur, Member National Assembly, and Sindh Senior Minister for Education and Literacy Nisar Ahmed Khuro planting tree saplings on the school grounds. Other officials included USAID Deputy Mission Director Cathy Moore and Secretary Education Dr. Fazlullah Pechuho. Other officials from Sindh's education department, as well as teachers, students and members of the community were present on the occasion.


Policy Dialogue on EMOs in Karachi - 23 September, 2014
Program Management & Implementation Unit of SBEP and Community Mobilization Program organized a one-day policy dialogue on Education Management Organizations in Karachi. The purpose was to bring together key stakeholders and experts in the field of education to engage in a constructive dialogue with the objective of proposing a framework for designing an Education Management Organization (EMO) Policy for Sindh. The EMO system is aimed at generating a direct impact on raising and sustaining enrolments, improving educational services and effective management in the government schools with a combined participation under the spirit of public private partnerships and community ownership.


MOU Signing with Rotary International - 12 August, 2014
The memorandum of understanding was signed among the Rotary International, USAID and Sindh Education Dept, Govt. of Sindh. Rotary agreed to provide computers and other study equipment for SBEP schools in Sindh. In the first phase, equipment will be provided to 15 schools and the Rotary International will also mobilise its members to support libraries. The ceremony was attended by US Consul General Michael Dodman; USAID's acting Sindh director Dr Randy Hatfield, Sindh education secretary Dr Fazalullah Pechuho and the Rotary International's national literacy committee's chairperson, Faiz Kidwai.