During the month of July, the project welcomed the ninth delegation of Pakistani educators to the summer institute at Plymouth State. The incoming delegation consisted of 19 dedicated teachers from the remote, rural areas of Azad Jammu and Kashmir, Balochistan, Gilgit-Baltistan, Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa, Punjab, and Sindh: from the high peaks of the Hindu Kush to the Iranian border and Arabian Sea.
During the project’s 2012 intensive institute and study tour, Pakistani guests used New England and Washington, D.C., as diverse learning labs for follow-on activities in Pakistan. In the process they explored dynamic initiatives and institutions from rural New Hampshire to urban Boston and points south. They also shared their own powerful work with underprivileged students: the faces and future of Pakistan’s vibrant civil society.
Last year’s delegation made a special request: “peace and freedom from fear.” With Pakistan’s remarkable civil society, and educators as a critical lynchpin, that is at the project heart.