The PSU and Pakistan Dialogue Continues…

In our summer e-newsletter, we brought to you information about PSU’s long-standing Pakistani Educational Leadership Institute. In July, 20 Pakistani secondary-level educators gathered on campus for a month-long cross-cultural exchange program. We’d like to share with you some of their experiences, thoughts, and reflections about their time at PSU.

I must acknowledge that the course has left deep imprints on my personal and professional growth... I believe it is due to the passion of the faculty who has taught us during the institute. They were quite successful in kindling the spark.


There are many people who dream, but few can see their dream coming to reality and not many live to tell. I am sharing a part of me that became reality when we visited Newfound Lake. The place looked familiar. I didn't remember anything until I stood in the middle of the lake on a stone. My arms stretched, the wing touching my soul from inside and out. As I recall now my eyes well up with tears. Life is not a bed of roses nor does every one get a chance to experience what I did. I only remember the water splashing on my feet and the pine trees a witness of my happiness.


The institute has been a wonderful learning experience. It has contributed positively to all the components of knowledge, skills, and attitude. The learning through shared experience and interaction with the group and instructors was a great asset for my professional development.


The Pakistani Project now has 100 Pakistani alumni, who represent the Punjab, the Sindh, the Federal District of Islamabad, Baluchistan, Azad Jammu Kashmir, the North West Frontier Province, and the Federally Administered Tribal Areas.

With continued funding secured from the U.S. Department of State, planning is underway for the 2009 summer institute. The 2009 Pakistani Educational Leadership Institute will focus on professional development in science education, with additional training in conflict resolution and social tolerance. While the focus of the Institute changes annually, the shared learning opportunities that link educators in Pakistan and New Hampshire are constant.

For additional information contact Blake Allen, Michelle Lauriat, or visit the Pakistani Educational Leadership Institute Web site.


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