Sindh Govt outsource 71 schools for ten years

Sindh Govt outsource 71 schools for ten years

Sindh Govt outsource 71 schools for ten years

The Sindh Government has signed an agreement on Wednesday to transfer the management of 71 of its schools to the Charter for Compassion (CFC) and Health and Nutrition Development Society (HANDS) for ten years phase.

According to the agreement, the two organizations will mutually manage 71 government schools and 25 USAID newly built schools, to improve the quality of education in the districts of Dadu, Qamber Shahdadkot, Karachi, and Larkana in Sindh.

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In this regard, through USAID, the U.S. Government has announced a contribution of $159.2 million, whereas the Government of Sindh will pitch in $10 million based on cost-share for SBEP. The initiative's core objective is to support more enrollments in primary, middle, and secondary public schools in designated areas of Sindh, with a specific idea bringing back girls students who have been dropped out of schools.

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In addition to building schools, SBEP also encourages the government's plan for development in the education sector, school establishment, integration, and improving the quality, enrollment, public-private cooperation, and improving reading abilities of students in schools.

"We are proud to partner with the Government of Sindh in this important initiative. The Sindh Basic Education Program is improving the quality of teaching and increasing equitable access to safe learning opportunities for children, especially girls," said Julie Koenen, Mission Director, USAID/Pakistan. 

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Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah commended the role of USAID-SBEP and the U.S. Government's strong backing in reforming education in the province. The government of Sindh has an innovator role in launching Public-Private cooperation development plans by outsourcing the ventures and supervision of public-sector schools for ten years to reputed EMOs as per the agreements.

According to the reports, SBEP plans to build up to 106 modern school buildings in Sindh's ten districts (i.e., Dadu, Jacobabad, Qamber-Shahdadkot, Karachi-West, Karachi-Malir, Karachi-South, Kashmore, Khairpur, Larkana and Sukkur). Moreover, 70 schools' construction is completed recently, out of which 43 schools were outsourced for management to seven EMOs. 

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