USAID Mission Director inaugurates the Faculty of Education at Fatima Jinnah Women’s University, Rawalpindi
U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Mission Director John Groarke, Dr. Muktar Ahmed, Chairman of the Higher Education Commission, and Dr. Baligh ur Rehman, State Minister of Federal Education and Training inaugurated the new $1.5 million Faculty of Education building at Fatima Jinnah Women’s University (FJWU), constructed by USAID to attract the best and brightest young Pakistani women to the teaching profession.
“Our shared goal is to invest in the next generation of doctors, teachers, entrepreneurs – the next generation of leaders,” Groarke said in his remarks. “Women are a proven development multiplier and their full participation in all levels of society helps build resilient communities.”
In addition to the new Faculty of Education building, USAID has provided scholarships to FJWU students, including many training to become teachers. The U.S. Embassy partners with FJWU on numerous projects that promote women’s education and empowerment. From 2012-2016, the U.S. Embassy supported a partnership between FJWU and the University of Texas at Austin to strengthen women’s education in the Behavioral Sciences, Gender Studies, and Communication/Media Studies.
In her remarks, FJWU Vice Chancellor Samina Amin Qadir said, “The construction of the Faculty of Education by USAID is an attempt to further facilitate the talented and academically high performing students coming from across the region, to have access to higher education and help them realize their potential.”
Through USAID, the U.S. government has provided $47.5 million for the construction and rehabilitation of 17 Faculty of Education buildings across Pakistan, which together can support more than 5,000 student teachers and 200 faculty members total per year. USAID has also provided in-service training to almost 14,000 educators and more than 3,100 scholarships to enable students to earn their bachelors or associates degrees in education.
Mission Director Groarke added: “Within these classrooms and learning spaces, Fatima Jinnah Women’s University faculty will train thousands of future educators to teach children the foundational skills of literacy and numeracy, create classroom settings where children’s creativity and passion for learning are allowed to flourish, and ensure students develop market-relevant skills that will enable them to thrive in a rapidly changing twenty-first century global economy.”