Success Stories
Read the real-life stories of student teachers who are taking advantage of the new opportunities offered by the USAID Teacher Education Project, at colleges and universities throughout Pakistan. Perhaps YOUR STORY will appear on these pages one day! Become part of the next generation of teachers building Pakistan's future—a Roshan Pakistan. Please visit our Admissions and Scholarships pages for more information on enrollment.

Read on to learn how Pakistani student teachers are already making a difference in their own lives and those of the children and adults in their communities.
 

The Power of Motivation
The College Improvement Plan supported by USAID Teacher Education Project motivated the faculty to utilize their current resources in the most useful manner to improve the college performance. Motivated faculty took initiative to functionalize college facilities to ensure its utilization. The college library has regular service hours for students to access books. With internet and functional computers, students are able to search up-to-date information. With a renovated science lab, they are able to acquire hands-on experience in conducting experiments. Consequently, the performances of fift...
A Change from Within
The staff room at the Government College of Elementary Education in Quetta, Pakistan, has always been filled with lively discussion. But recently, themes such as politics and family have given way to new discussions about topics such as multiple intelligences and active and cooperative learning. Change is in the air for these teachers, who are excited to be part of an effort to implement a more formal and rigorous training for the nation’s teachers. Known as the USAID Teacher Education Project, the new program will upgrade the existing teacher preparation to a two-year Associate Degree ...
Academics in Pakistan Step Up
When Alia Ayub of Pakistan’s Balochistan province approached the microphone at a recent national research conference, it was her first public research presentation in her career as an educator. She is just one pioneer in the nascent field of empirical research in Pakistani education. Her Urdu language presentation focused on a study of teacher beliefs and how they affect teachers’ classroom practices, especially in science. Ayub hails from Sardar Bahadur Khan Women’s University (SBKWU), which is located in Quetta, one of the nation’s most violent and turbulent regions...
“Hurrah!” from Baluchistan
Shehnaz was born into a very conservative family, like most children in the Baluchistan province. However, her family was different in an important way: they encouraged her to pursue an education. Today, she is a teacher and has recently earned an advanced degree, thanks to the USAID Teacher Education Project. Shehnaz was a secondary school teacher when she first heard about the project that would allow colleges to offer a two-year degree course, Associate’s Degree in Education (ADE), and a four-year B.Ed. (Hons.) degree. The new degrees would replace the much-criticized Primary Teacher...
147 Lamps Spread the Light
Education in Pakistan is in a self-admitted state of emergency. The symptoms appear across the nation: outdated teaching methods, sparse supplies, and crumbling infrastructures. But in mid-July, 147 students won scholarships to teacher education programs in their quest to become a new kind of teacher, one who will transform the face of learning in Pakistan. About 1,900 students across the nation earned the scholarship prize, compliments of the USAID Teacher Education Project, implemented by EDC. The 147 were feted in the Punjab province. These “lamps,” says EDC’s Mahmood B...
A Fisherman's Tale: Catch of a Lifetime
A world away from education, Imran Ali Mallah worked diligently seven days a week, hauling up nets and harvesting fish from the Indus River in Jamshoro. He toiled in blistering heat during the day and often spent sleepless nights on his boat to ensure he caught enough fish to make ends meet. Despite this demanding work, his daily catches were meager - harvesting 4 - 5 kgs of fish on a good day and going home empty-handed on bad days. And the fish he was able to catch and sell earned him less than $0.25 per kg. Then, Imran made a decision that would change his life. Weary of the unpredicta...
Master Trainer Eases Pakistan Professors into New Methods
In Pakistan, traditional teaching methods are being replaced with interactive group study, and lectures and memorization are being phased out in favor of discussion and other learner-centered activities. Although resistance and skepticism have cropped up as the entire higher education system is being overhauled, change is in the wind for professors and students alike. And change comes hard. The USAID Teacher Education Project, with EDC, is working with 15 universities and 75 colleges across this nation to restructure higher education and make it more vital, professional, and reputable. Bu...
Village Girl Strives to Make a Difference in Her Community
Hakeema Gul was born and raised in the village of TandoBahawal, in a semi-arid region of the province of Sindh. The fourth of 11 children, she believed she was destined to work in the fields like other village girls. “Reaching college was beyond my imagination,” she says, a smile illuminating her face. She dreamed of a different future. “Ever since I was a child, I would idealize the primary school teachers who had taught me,” she recalls. “I wished to become like them one day.” One day, her brother came across an advertisement in the newspaper for...
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