Back to Pakistan: A Fifty-Year Journey by Leslie Noyes Mass

By Leslie Noyes Mass

In 1962, a newly-minted collage graduate responded the decision of President John F. Kennedy and joined the fledgling Peace Corps. Leslie Noyes Mass used to be assigned to Pakistan and given the directive to begin a program-any type of academic software she may well muster-in a small Muslim village the place she used to be the single Westerner and the single Peace Corps volunteer. After a 12 months, she left the village, pissed off and feeling that she had made no influence in any respect.

Nearly 50 years later, she again to find a much-changed Pakistan-and a village that also recollects her. She tells either her tales, from 1962 and this day, by way of deftly interweaving her magazine entries from 50 years in the past together with her present day tale as a volunteer education lady lecturers for a Pakistani non-governmental establishment. Leslie Mass captures the guts and the eye of the reader together with her tale of Pakistanis in 1962 and people of a brand new iteration who're engaged in construction a sustainable schooling method for his or her country's forgotten youngsters. In a sequence of interviews with Pakistanis from each social classification and academic point, Dr. Mass supplies voice to those that are taking accountability for his or her country's academic difficulties and fixing those difficulties in the traditions, tradition, and non secular realizing in their humans.
Back to Pakistan: A Fifty-Year Journey is a compelling look at a rustic because it is going from its infancy into the twenty first century.

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She makes baskets and knows how to strip straw. Maybe she can help us. We need more straw and women to work with it. The straw supply for our basketmaking grew very slowly, even though Saroya and I and a few little girls continued to go out to the fields to pick and strip it every morning. In the afternoons, we visited women in Dhamke and tried to convince them to help us. We showed the women the drawstring purses that we planned to attach to the baskets and gave them a choice of jobs to do—sewing or basket weaving or straw gathering—to be part of the cottage industry.

She has an MA in violin and is a recent MA graduate in education from Roosevelt University, where she studied curriculum design and small group experiential teaching. Karen has traveled to Pakistan many times in the past twenty years to visit her husband’s family and to perform in fundraising concerts. Her daughter Sofia, a sophomore at Beloit College, has come along to work with the Pakistani college students who have volunteered their vacation time to help in the Summer Science Camps. Nancy Parlin and I are the teaching team gofers.

With the ten-hour time difference, it is evening again, but we have been in the air for only twelve hours. We disembark to a waiting bus, cross the tarmac, and file singly past an infrared camera measuring our body temperature for the presence of swine flu. We all pass. My colleagues Barbara Janes—“Taffy” to her friends—and Nancy Parlin and I find ourselves in an ultramodern circular terminal under a domed ceiling of oversized tiles. With streams of well-dressed Middle Eastern men murmuring into cell phones and hijab-scarved women carrying babies and small children, we walk past a small mosque; Bulgari, Cartier, and other high-end shops; and several fast food cafés.

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