USAID launches Pakistan Reading Project

By Minahil Makhdoom

ISLAMABAD: The United States Library of Congress today announced the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) literacy program, “Pakistan Reading Project,†as the 2020 recipient of the International Literacy Program of the Year.
According to US’ embassy here on Friday, over the past seven years, and working in tandem with Pakistani education officials, USAID’s Pakistan Reading Project has improved the reading skills of 1.7 million Pakistani students by delivering reading instructional materials to classrooms, training teachers in new instruction techniques, and encouraging schools to dedicate more classroom time for reading.
This early grade literacy project has also worked closely with the Government of Pakistan to improve policies and systems for early grade reading across national, provincial, and local levels. “We’re very honored and pleased that the Pakistan Reading Project is this year’s Library of Congress recipient of this International Literacy Award,†said USAID/Pakistan Mission Director Julie Koenen.
“The program has proved to be a cornerstone of our partnership with Pakistan in education by increasing the literacy rates across the country and improving the reading of so many Pakistani students.†In 2013, the Library of Congress created the Literacy Awards to honor organizations working to promote literacy and reading in the United States and internationally. The project’s implementing partner, the International Relief Committee, will receive $50,000 from the Library of Congress for winning this.