Cultural Exchange for Plymouth State Pakistani Visitors

June 13th, 2006 by Adam

New York City is as American as apple pie, and Plymouth State University is planning to serve up a slice of Americana to 20 Pakistani educators as part of the 2006 Pakistani Teachers Institute with a trip to New York City July 14–16. To enhance the social interaction and opportunity for cross-cultural exchange, the University opened the trip up to individuals interested in gaining greater insight and understanding of cultural norms in a social setting.

“Past participants of the Pakistani Institute have been very forthcoming about their desire to visit New York City,” said Dr. Mary McNeil, director of the Pakistani Institute. “We’ve worked very hard to incorporate their request into this year’s schedule, and are very excited about the opportunity for greater cultural awareness and understanding the trip presents by opening it up to the greater community.”

Coordinated by Plymouth Travel, the motor coach departs from Plymouth State University at 8:30 a.m. on Friday, July 14. Once in New York City, the group will explore Tribeca, visiting the Seaport, Wall Street and Ground Zero, followed by a walking tour and dinner in Little Italy and Chinatown. The day will end with a driving tour of Times Square.

On Saturday, July 15, the day begins with a three-hour harbor cruise circumnavigating Manhattan Island and seeing its three rivers, seven major bridges, five boroughs, over 25 landmarks and a close up of the Statue of Liberty. From there it will be onto Grand Central Station, the United Nations, then Jackson Heights and dinner at a Pakistani restaurant. After dinner, take in a bird’s eye view of the city from “Top of the Rock,” the 70th floor observation deck at Rockefeller Plaza.

Visits to the Metropolitan Museum of Art and exploring Fifth Avenue are planned before an early afternoon departure back to Plymouth on Sunday, July 16. Estimated time of arrival back to PSU is 9:30 p.m.

The Pakistani Teachers Institute is a partnership between Plymouth State University and Pakistan’s Idara-e-Taleem-o-Aagahi (ITA) or Centre for Education and Consciousness Public Trust. The program has been in existence for two years and is funded by a $250,000 grant from the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Education & Cultural Affairs.

The goal of the Pakistani Teachers Institute is to provide exposure to activity-based learning with innovation, student-centered approaches, and leadership training that lays the foundation for participants to be master trainers upon their return to Pakistan. This is accomplished through instructional materials and follow-up activities such as post-training seminars, discussions forums, transfer of knowledge and skills to geographically diverse areas and the development of a network through which mentoring models are promoted.

For more information about the Pakistani Teachers Institute, contact Ms. Blake Allenl at (603) 535-2982 or visit online at www.plymouth.edu/pakistani.