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Notice to the Press
Office of the Spokesman
Washington, DC
November 28, 2006


Under Secretary of State R. Nicholas Burns to Welcome The U.S. Pakistan Education Dialogue

Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs R. Nicholas Burns will welcome the American and Pakistani delegations to the first meeting of the U.S.- Pakistan Education Dialogue on November 29, 2006, at the U.S. Department of State. He will be joined by U.S. Secretary for Education Margaret Spellings and Pakistani Minister of Education Javed Ashraf.

This is the first U.S.- Pakistan Education Dialogue meeting in a series to address cooperation and mutual concerns in public education reform. This meeting focuses on literacy, teacher training, school improvements, parental involvement, and education for twenty first century workforce needs.

The United States has made a serious financial and policy commitment to help Pakistan address the needs of its public education system and to expand and enhance educational, cultural, and exchange opportunities for Pakistani youth and working professionals. The Government of Pakistan is committing to reforming its education system, and aims to increase funding for education to 4% of its GDP in the near future.

Press coverage for this event:
Open Press Camera Spray with Remarks at the top of the meeting with Under Secretary Burns, Secretary Spellings, and Pakistani Minister Javed Ashraf.

Pick up and escort for all press: 9:20 a.m. from 23rd Street entrance.
Press Contact: Jennifer Viau, South and Central Asian Affairs Bureau, 202-647-8124 or 202-647-8605

Media representatives may attend this camera spray upon presentation of one of the following: (1) a U.S. Government-issued identification card (Department of State, White House, Congress, Department of Defense, or Foreign Press Center), (2) a media-issued photo identification card, or (3) a letter from their employer on letterhead verifying their employment as a journalist, accompanied by an official photo identification (driver's license or passport).

2006/1072

Released on November 28, 2006

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