The United States Ambassador to India, Timothy J. Roemer, on Tuesday interacted with school students and met residents at the Sanjay Gandhi settlement here to see how U.S. government funded programmes were being implemented.

Interactive radio

At the school, Ambassador Roemer observed students participating in an innovative programme that used interactive radio to help students in grades 1 and 2 to improve English language skills. Then he met a women's health group involved in improving health of women and children in the community. The Ambassador also viewed an advanced cook stoves' demonstration that would reduce negative health effects of indoor pollution.

“A key component of U.S. – India strategic partnership is improving social infrastructure at all levels of society, including at the local level,” said Ambassador Roemer. “Our local partnership at the Sanjay Gandhi settlement has resulted in better education for kids, expanded health care for residents, and the introduction of new technologies such as cooking stoves for the people.”

Technology tools

According to the U.S. Embassy, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID)'s “Technology Tools for Teaching and Training” programme has been improving the learning process and providing valuable support to teachers in over 3,00,000 schools across eight Indian States. The programme reaches more than 42 million children.

Improved stoves

Complementing the work of government programmes already operating in the settlement, USAID's “Health of the Urban Poor” programme also works towards improving health, water and sanitation services for poor urban communities across India. USAID is also working with U.S. based company Envirofit on a pilot programme to develop and test strategies to create a demand for improved cooking stoves among the poor in rural and urban sites.

To inspect implementation of U.S. Government funded programmes