To celebrate World Literacy Day back in September, the USAID-funded Pakistan Sindh Reading Program (SRP) team visited one of its 734 targeted schools in Karachi, Pakistan, to read stories aloud to primary school children. Pictured above is Chief of Party Christopher Ashford with a student from the school. In the student's hands is SRP's message on World Literacy Day: "Read to Lead."
Reading is vitally important in Pakistan, according to Christopher, particularly in Sindh, where large percentages of the population do not have even basic reading and writing skills. Reinforcing positive reading habits is one of the many pillars of SRP, which aims to improve the reading skills of early learners in the Sindh Province. The program’s focus on reading instruction and grade-appropriate reading materials in Urdu and Sindhi reaches eight districts of Sindh, including five towns of Karachi.
Learn more about SRP's work on the project's website.
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Andrew Johnson is a manager in Chemonics' Strategic Communications and Outreach Department.