A second year of the Plymouth State University Pakistani Teachers’ Institute has received funding from the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Education and Cultural Affairs.
In the inaugural year of the institute, 25 teachers lived at the University for five weeks while studying pedagogy and best practices in teaching, in addition to subject-based courses in English, mathematics, science and heritage studies.
While the curriculum for the second institute is not yet complete, Institute Director Mary McNeil, professor of education at Plymouth State, says a track for administrators will be formalized for the July 2005 program. Connectivity with the original participants will also be a priority.
University President Donald P. Wharton says, “Plymouth State University is delighted to have funding for a second Pakistani Teachers’ Institute in 2005. The first institute, lead by Dr. McNeil, was a great success and a wonderful cultural exchange for our Pakistani guests and the greater Plymouth region of New Hampshire. Institute graduates are now using their experience at PSU to improve their country’s schools. We look forward to hosting another group of teachers and administrators from Pakistan who, in their turn, will teach us much and return to their country to further the educational cause and build a stronger foundation for learning.”