US State Department has sent more than 150 Pakistani teachers to America since 2012:
40 secondary school teachers are set to depart for the United States on the Teaching Excellence and Achievement (TEA) Programme.These government school English language teachers who were selected through a competitive process will have the opportunity to enhance their English teaching skills through a six-week intensive programme for teaching skills.
During a pre-departure orientation organised by the United States Educational Foundation in Pakistan (USEFP), the US Embassy’s Regional English Language Officer Jen MacArthur said, “Past participants in the TEA Programme have learned from each other as well as from new American friends and colleagues. We have high hopes for this year’s participants that they would make lasting connections to benefit their students and schools throughout Pakistan for years to come.”
USEFP Executive Director Rita Akhtar said, “The TEA Programme prepares teachers to serve as leaders and education champions in their communities when they return to Pakistan and share their newly acquired knowledge with their peers and students.” This year, about 40 teachers representing every region of Pakistan are selected to participate in the TEA programme. They will spend a week in Washington DC where they will meet US government representatives. This will be followed by a five-week collaborative training programme at selected US universities where the teachers will learn the latest techniques in teaching methodology.
In Pakistan, the TEA programme is sponsored by the US State Department that has sent more than 150 Pakistani teachers to the United States since 2012.The programme has been designed to build on teachers’ existing expertise and equip them with a better understanding of lesson planning, methodology and the use of technology in teaching.
Programme participants would develop these proficiencies while also learn about diversity and culture in the United States.
The Regional English Language Office of the public affairs Section of the US Embassy in the federal capital implements a wide variety of programmes both in Pakistan and through educational exchanges.
USEFP is a commission established in 1950 by the governments of Pakistan and the United States. It is one of the 49 Fulbright commissions worldwide. DAILY TIMES