GILGIT (Online) – The US Agency for International Development (USAID) on Thursday held a graduation ceremony for 98 talented students enrolled in the two-year Associate Degree in Education (ADE) in Gilgit-Baltistan.

Minister of Education and Information, Muhammad Ibrahim Sanai stated at the occasion, “The Government of Gilgit-Baltistan is proud of our students who have taken the great responsibility of leading the future generations. We thank the US government for assisting Pakistan in improving the overall quality of basic education.”

He said USAID has distributed over 3,100 scholarships to aspiring teachers across Pakistan including 293 scholarships for Gilgit-Baltistan students.

Uzma Amin, an ADE graduate said, “Becoming a teacher was a lifelong dream for me. This program, with its special training and challenging coursework, has helped me learn and develop the skills I need to achieve this dream.”

The $165 million USAID-funded Pakistan Reading Project is designed to support provincial and regional Departments of Education to improve the reading skills of primary school children across the country. The key to improving students’ reading skills is providing teachers with innovative and interactive ways to teach children how to read.

Secretary of Education for Gilgit-Baltistan also present during the ceremony.