Professionalizing Pakistan's Teachers
This past summer Teachers College hosted 22 high-ranking Pakistani education officials and provincial leaders as part of a USAID-funded project to professionalize teachers and significantly improve education in Pakistan’s primary and secondary schools. Under the three-year, $5 million TC collaboration, all Pakistani teachers will be encouraged to hold four-year or two-year teaching degrees in their fields by 2018. Since 2009, TC faculty members have worked with 15 Pakistani universities in four provinces, as well as with the global nonprofit Education Development Center, to create an undergraduate 136-credit, four-year teaching degree and a two-year associate’s teaching degree. The USAID grant was received, and the project is administered, by TC’s Office of International Affairs. Faculty member Gita Steiner-Khamsi is the project’s principal investigator.