Thursday, May 9, 2013

United States Supports Teacher Education in Gilgit Baltistan

The United States celebrated the continued success of programs to educate the teachers of pakistan today in a ceremony in Gilgit. The United States, through the United States Agencey for International Development (USAID), awarded 115 scholarships for future educators who will study in the Gilgit Baltistan region, including at Karakoram International University, the College of Education, and the Elementary College of Education (Women).

During the ceremony, attendees also congratulated 93 future teachers who recently completed a U.S. funded Associate Degree in Education (ADE) program and will go classrooms equipped with new knowledge and skills.

"On behalf of the U.S Government and the American people, I am thrilled to see Pakistan's future teachers prepared to thrive in their profession with the help of this important preparation, " said Jo Lesser-Oltheted, USAID' Education Director. " I want to thank the Government of Gilgit Baltistan and the Higher Education Commission for working together tirelessly to create and introduce these student-focused Education Degree Programs”. The ceremony was also attended by Dr. Ali Madad Sher, Minister of Education Gilgit Baltistan and Syed Mehdi Shah, Chief Minister of Gilgit Baltistan.

The Gilgit Baltistan Scholarship program is just one part of the USAID Teacher Education project, a $ 75 million U.S. initiative to educate current and future teachers throughout Pakistan. USAID works closely with the Government of Paksitan to develop and implement innovative curricula for two recently launched degree programs: a four-year Bachelor of Education Degree, honors program, and a two-year Associate Degree in Education. The USAID Teacher Education Project also provides scholarships to more than 1900 students across Pakistan so they can benefit from these new degree programs. The news tribe

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