Ambassador Cameron Munter joined officials and residents of communities in FATA and Malakand today to mark the completion of a U.S. program to improve education in Northwest Pakistan. The event celebrated the success of the three-year ED-LINKS project which assisted more than 450,000 students in over 700 schools in the region.
"Our shared efforts to improve education in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KPK) and FATA are a symbol of Pakistani and U.S. friendship. More important, our work will build a better tomorrow for future generations of Pakistanis," said Ambassador Munter.
Education Minister for Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Sardar Babak Hussain, U.S. Agency for International Development Mission Director Andrew Sisson, and residents of FATA and Malakand also attended the ceremony. This project was funded by USAID.
"There could be no better way to help Pashtuns then to help our children get a better education," said Education Minister Sardar Babak Hussain
Students from six districts of Malakand and 13 regions and agencies of FATA benefited from the project. In support of priorities established by the governments of KPK and FATA, the project helped train more than 3,000 teachers, support teacher training institutes, and teach children in camps for internally displaced persons.
The ED-LINKS project is just one example of the long-term commitment of the United States to strengthening education for all Pakistanis.