Twenty five Pakistani administrators and teachers came to campus last summer to participate in PSU’s Pakistani Teachers Institute, a five-week groundbreaking program and cross-cultural exchange.
Funded by a $250,000 grant from the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational & Cultural Affairs, the goal was to help educators enhance their subject knowledge, pedagogical skills and understanding of new ways of teaching.
PSU will welcome 20 new Pakistani secondary school teachers and school administrators, ranging in age from 21 to 56 years of age on June 21 for the 2005 Institute. This year, Pakistan will be represented by teachers and administrators from more regions of the country than last year, including the provinces of Sindh and Baluchistan, and the districts of Multan, Gujrat, Jhang, Lahore, Muzafar Garh, Chakwal and Sahiwal.
The 2005 group is 50 percent math teachers and 50 percent split between chemistry, biology, physics and/or general science.
Participants select a strand of professional development in math or science, enabling them to concentrate on best practices in education. Heritage studies and educational leadership will also be integral parts of the experience. Candidates completing the assignments for a strand will receive a certificate of study.
Collaborating with Pakistani experts and teachers, the specific goals of the institute are to provide exposure to activity-based learning with innovative, student-centered approaches, and leadership training that lays the foundation for master trainers when they return to their country.
In addition, the Institute will foster a collaborative vision to improve the quality of education in Pakistan and create a better understanding of what Pakistani teachers’ views are on education, what they are proud of in their culture, and what their struggles are, as we promote goodwill and cultural understanding between our two countries.
For information logon towww.plymouth.edu/oiip or call Mary McNeil or Jeanne Sanders at the Office of International Institutes and Programs, 535-2982.