Media Note
Office of the Spokesperson
Washington, DC
July 20, 2011


The U.S. Department of State will welcome 40 Pakistani educators and administrators on 27 July for briefings with officers from the Department and the U.S. Agency for International Development who work on Pakistan-related issues. The Pakistani participants arrived in the United States earlier this month for an intensive summer training program sponsored by a grant of the Department’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) and hosted by Plymouth State University (PSU) in Plymouth, New Hampshire. The program is designed to help Pakistani educators learn about American innovations in education for adaptation in Pakistan.

The participants represent secondary level public and private schools as well as teacher training institutions in Pakistan, and hail from every province and Pakistan-administered area. Most of the educators, who are predominantly female, work in remote and rural areas. The delegates epitomize the country’s vibrant civil society and rich geographic diversity.

While in New Hampshire, the month-long intensive institute creates an atmosphere in which Pakistani educators immerse themselves in an inspiring and creative learning environment and work to enhance leadership capabilities. Upon return to Pakistan, the educators put their training into practice and effect positive change in their schools, communities and throughout Pakistan’s education sector.

This is the eighth consecutive year that PSU has hosted a group of participants from Pakistan. Since 2004, the program has trained 200 Pakistani educators, including this year’s group. The program alumni have been very active in training teachers across their country, holding training sessions with more than 100,000 educators, students and community members.

Earlier this year, a delegation of Americans traveled to Islamabad, Pakistan, under the grant, for a workshop, site visits and outreach with Pakistani educators.

For additional details on ECA’s Office of Citizen Exchanges visit http://exchanges.state.gov/citizens/index.html, or contact Carla Coolman, CoolmanCH@state.gov, 202-632-3356 or Adam Meier, MeierAW2@state.gov, 202- 632-6067.



PRN: 2011/1217