Faculty members from Pakistani universities and senior officials from the provincial education departments gathered today for a send-off reception of the US Agency for International Development (USAID) funded study tour for 15 Pakistani teachers to the Philippines, says a press release.

The study tour will be hosted by the Southeast Asian Ministers of Education Organisation, Regional Center for Educational Innovation and Technology (SEAMEO-INNOTECH) in Manila, which is a leading education center in Southeast Asia. The study tour has been organised by USAID Teacher Education Project and will contribute in the professional development of these Pakistani teachers.

“Following your return from the study tour, we look forward to learning about the new ideas and concepts you will bring back with you, and how you plan to use this knowledge to help improve teacher professional development and in-service programs in Pakistan,” said Susan Bruckner, Deputy Education Director, USAID-Pakistan while speaking to the group.

The participants of the study tour acknowledged and appreciated the efforts of the United States Government in providing learning opportunities that lead to profound improvements in the quality of education in Pakistan. During the study tour, the participants will explore different models and systems of teacher professional development and in-service education and visit the Philippines Commission on Higher Education to learn about its accreditation program for teacher education. The participants will also visit a campus to observe a teacher education program for indigenous populations and study distance education modalities and technology-based approaches to delivering teacher education. The 11 day study tour will be facilitated by teacher education experts from the United States and Southeast Asia who will share their diverse experiences in education systems from a multitude of countries.