The Government of Sindh is the first province in Pakistan to implement an innovative public-private partnership that would improve the operations of public schools. The Education Management Organizations (EMOs) policy awards concession agreements to private sector organizations for a period of up to ten years, geared toward enhancing public schools.
The signing ceremony of concession agreements between Government of Sindh and EMOs took place at the Pearl Continental Hotel in Karachi Tuesday, October 17, 2017.
US Consul General Grace Shelton and Sindh Minister of Education and Literacy Jam Mahtab Hussain Dahar witnessed the signing ceremony, along with senior officials of the Government of Sindh, USAID, EMOs, Sindh Basic Education Program (SBEP) and Blumont’s Sindh Community Mobilization Program. Deputy Mission Director Oghale Oddo and Sindh Secretary of Education Iqbal Durrani also attended the signing.
“We are proud to partner with the Government of Sindh in this important initiative,” Shelton stated. “Sindh Basic Education Program is helping improve the quality of teaching and increase equitable access to safe learning opportunities for children, especially girls. These children in Sindh who will receive free, quality education will grow up to become the next generation of engineers, doctors, teachers and entrepreneurs.”
Under these agreements, Indus Resource Centre (IRC), Charter for Compassion (CFC), Health and Nutrition Society (HANDS) and Sindh Rural Support Organization (SRSO) will manage a total of 14 newly constructed schools built under SBEP. These schools are part of the 106 large, state-of-the-art school buildings being reconstructed in northern Sindh and Karachi under SBEP, which is a $155 million initiative that aims to increase and sustain student enrollment in primary, middle and secondary public schools. Nine other schools completed earlier are already operating under similar agreements.