072413PSUPakistani: 3X PSU Pakistani

PLYMOUTH — The Pakistani Educational Leadership Project is celebrating its tenth year on the campus of Plymouth State University PELP is a month-long institute that helps Pakistani educators immerse themselves in an inspiring and creative learning environment and work to enhance leadership capabilities.
Upon return to Pakistan, the educators effect positive change in the education sector and their schools and communities through their PELP training. "The participants in this program have the ability to transform lives and build an educated citizenry," Steen said. "We are a learning community, because after our alums go home, they stay connected with each other and they stay connected with us–and they are an extraordinary benefit to us. We thank you for all you bring to our community and our understanding of the world."
Pakistan has one of the world's lowest literacy rates, and spending on education is less than two percent of the country's gross national product. Recognized for their leadership abilities, these educators represent both the public and public/private sectors and teacher training institutions. Predominately female, most of the PELP participants work in Pakistan's remote and rural areas.
PSU staff, graduate instructors and community members have worked with more than 200 educators from Pakistan since the inaugural institute in 2004. According to statistics compiled by ITA, alumni of the program acting as master trainers in Pakistan have shared their enhanced knowledge with more than 100,000 educators and students.

CAPTION — Plymouth State University President Sara Jayne Steen accepts an intricately embroidered shoulder bag gift from PELP participant Gul Rakhshanda. The bag, handcrafted in Pakistan, signifies a token of remembrance from the PELP students to the University. (Courtesy photo)