High-Quality Basic Education for Students in Sindh.

Sindh Reading Program

Project Dates: January 2014 - January 2019
Sindh, Pakistan’s second largest province, has made recent economic progress, but its education indicators are still low, with about 4 million children ages 5 to 12 not in school.

One-third of the population above the age of 10 in Pakistan’s Sindh Province is illiterate, and about 30 percent of school-aged children do not currently have regular access to education. To address this gap in early-grade reading and numeracy, USAID’s Sindh Reading Program is improving the quality of and access to education in the province. Building on baseline reading assessments conducted in 2014, the project is creating a teacher professional development program that uses SMS technology as well as onsite teaching-and-learning associates to support teachers in the classroom. Other project efforts focus on developing age-appropriate reading materials in both Sindhi and Urdu that students can access in schools, in libraries, and at home.

Project Goals


  • Bring local groups, government counterparts, and international partners together to collaborate on improving reading and numeracy skills
  • Pair teachers with teaching-and-learning associates to create a strong foundation for teachers’ professional development
  • Renovate local libraries into more welcoming spaces for young readers by increasing the selection of books and hiring female library assistants to encourage women’s and children’s participation in these spaces
  • Work with communities to engage more families in supporting the value of early-grade literacy

Our Impact Building Blocks for a New Education Landscape in Sindh

A nuanced approach that targets learning materials, teacher training, instructional review, and an innovative formative assessment technique has the potential to reshape the way reading is taught in Pakistan.

One-third of the population above the age of 10 in Pakistan’s Sindh Province is illiterate, and about 30 percent of school-aged children do not currently have regular access to education. To address this gap in early-grade reading and numeracy, USAID’s Sindh Reading Program is improving the quality of and access to education in the province.…

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Our Impact A New Kind of Sindhi Story for Children in Pakistan

After a learning material gap-analysis study revealed a lack of children’s books in the Sindhi language in Pakistan, local publishers are creating more child-friendly stories.

One-third of the population above the age of 10 in Pakistan’s Sindh Province is illiterate, and about 30 percent of school-aged children do not currently have regular access to education. To address this gap in early-grade reading and numeracy, USAID’s Sindh Reading Program is improving the quality of and access to education in the province.…

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