Plymouth State University’s Pakistani Educational Leadership Institute (PELI) is looking forward to continuing its work in 2008 with help from a recently secured $320,000 federal grant.
Since 2004, PELI has welcomed 80 Pakistani educators to the Plymouth State University campus for training and professional development. Along with helping to improve ties between the U.S. and Pakistan, this program has provided significant assistance to Pakistan’s education system by allowing the educators to return home as master trainers and share their knowledge with over 10,000 teachers in the country. The program has been especially beneficial since Pakistan has suffered from one of the world’s lowest literacy rates and a relatively undeveloped education infrastructure.
The grant was provided by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, which has provided four other grants for PELI since its beginning in 2004. The grant will cover the 2008 Institute, along with follow-on activities in Pakistan.
While earlier grants for the Institute had been secured as legislative earmarks sponsored by U.S. Senator Judd Gregg, the current one was secured after a competitive and highly selective process for proposals “demonstrating active and responsible citizenship” in the region of South Central Asia. “All five grants have required the submission of grant proposals that undergo rigorous review,” said Blakeman Allen, the director of the Pakistani Educational Leadership Institute.
“The curriculum for next summer will explore models that effectively integrate policy, environmental stewardship, cultural heritage preservation, and community-based educational initiatives, with schools as delivery sites,” said Allen.
In 2008, the Institute will welcome another 20 Pakistani educators, who will be on the PSU campus during the month of July, 2008. Elements of this year’s program will focus on sound environmental practices, cultural preservation and community-based solutions, with local field trips and field work that builds on these themes. The Pakistanis will also be visiting Boston and Washington, D.C. during their time in the United States.
For more information about the University’s Pakistani Project, visit the Pakistani Educational Leadership Institute web site, http://pelinstitute.org/ or contact Blake Allen, Director, Pakistani Educational Leadership Institute, at 603-535-2636 or firstname.lastname@example.org.