Plymouth, N.H. – 20 Pakistani educators and administrators arrived in the United States this month to begin their studies for the Pakistani Educational Leadership Institute (PELI) at Plymouth State University.
The group will culminate their stay with a graduation ceremony July 24.
Three New Hampshire teachers will be participating in the Institute for graduate credit and collaboration in the cross-cultural educational exchange.
The PELI program focuses on best practices in education, professional development and honing leadership skills to effect positive change in Pakistan. The institute experience also provides opportunities for citizen exchanges that reflect the essence of life in a democratic society.
2008 participants sent ahead information about themselves, and their enthusiasm for the program is obvious from comments such as, “It was really great to learn the exciting and amazing good news by your side that I am one of the lucky ones who are being blessed to be at PSU to become skilled at educational leadership for Pakistan,” and “It was very pleasant to receive a mail from you. Being among the fortunate to attend the summer programme offered by the PSU- PELI 2008, I would like to tell you just a little about myself. I am representing the Aga Khan University- Institute for Educational Development, Karachi where I am working as a Professional Development Teacher in the Citizenship, Rights and Responsibilities Pakistan (CRRP) Programme. Here I am currently involved in teacher development, conducting research, workshops and training, curriculum development at the national level, teaching and learning material development and advocacy in the area of citizenship, human rights and peace education.”
The staff and faculty for the 2008 PELI are:
Blakeman Allen, director; Michelle Lauriat, administrative assistant; Chris Williams, public relations director; John Martin, technology architect; Kim Rawson, teaching facilitator and assistant; and faculty members Leo Corriveau (graduate studies),
Mary Ann McGarry (environmental sciences), Katherine Donahue (social science) and John Allen (graduate studies).
Since 2004, PSU has trained 80 educators from Pakistan in four summer institutes. According to statistics compiled by Lahore-based Pakistani partner Idara-e-Taleem-o-Aagahi, alumni of the program acting as master trainers in Pakistan have trained almost 10,000 educators. The Department of State’s Education and Cultural Affairs Bureau (ECA) works closely with Plymouth State University and the Pakistani partner organization, Idara-e-Taleem-o-Aagahi, to ensure that the program curriculum reflects U.S.-Pakistan education cooperation goals.
For more information about Citizen Exchange programs or other exchanges managed by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, contact Darlene Kirk, (202) 203-7616. More information on the U.S.-Pakistan education cooperation is available at
For more information about this release, contact Bruce Lyndes, PSU Media Relations Mgr., (603) 535-2775 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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