The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and the Government of Sindh’s (GoS) Public-Private Partnership (PPP) Node brought together Pakistani education leaders for a A National Conference on Public Private Partnerships in Education.
The conference builds on the U.S.-Pakistan partnership to provide millions of children and young adults the opportunity to learn and excel. USAID and the GoS are pioneering PPP reforms in education through the Education Management Organization (EMO) policy.
Sindh Minister of Education Syed Sardar Ali Shah, and USAID Director for Sindh & Balochistan Andrew Rebold attended the conference along with representatives from other provincial education departments, academia, and donor agencies.”The U.S. government is proud to partner with the Government of Sindh in its endeavor to institutionalize the EMO reform model through the USAID Sindh Basic Education Program (SBEP),” Andrew Rebold said. “I am thrilled about the level of interest generated by other provincial education departments about the EMO approach. I hope that this conference results in other provinces pursuing a similar route.”
Education Minister Shah expressed his appreciation for USAID’s assistance on SBEP and the U.S. Government’s long-standing support in the education sector. Director of the USAID/Pakistan Education Office Anne Flaker also attended.
Conference sessions and discourse revolved around the impact of PPPs in improving equitable access to high quality education in Pakistan. Sindh is the first province to successfully implement the innovative EMO model by awarding contracts to private sector organizations to improve public school management.