By Leslie Noyes Mass
In 1962, a newly-minted university 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 form of academic software she may perhaps muster-in a small Muslim village the place she used to be the single Westerner and the single Peace Corps volunteer. After a yr, she left the village, annoyed 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 recalls her. She tells either her tales, from 1962 and at the present time, by means of deftly interweaving her magazine entries from 50 years in the past along with her present day tale as a volunteer education woman lecturers for a Pakistani non-governmental establishment. Leslie Mass captures the center 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 development a sustainable schooling procedure for his or her country's forgotten kids. In a sequence of interviews with Pakistanis from each social classification and academic point, Dr. Mass provides voice to people who are taking accountability for his or her country's academic difficulties and fixing those difficulties in the traditions, tradition, and non secular figuring out in their humans. Back to Pakistan: A Fifty-Year Journey is a compelling inspect a rustic because it is going from its infancy into the twenty first century.
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I cooked on a Primus stove, boiled water before I drank it, scrubbed and agitated my clothes with hot water and soap in my washing machine, brushed my teeth with a toothbrush and Living Village Life, 1962â•‡â•‡ vâ•‡â•‡ 21 toothpaste, and used the latrine in my courtyard rather than make the daily trip to the fields at sunrise and sunset. The women were amused by my inability to embroider a lazy daisy and grabbed the knitting from my hands to pick up the stitches I invariably lost, but they were impressed with my prowess on the sewing machine.
The children have been milling underfoot, their heads freshly oiled, their hands painted red, and, for the girls, new glass bangles. I have a new outfit to wear tomorrow, as well—a silky kameez of shocking blue dots on a background of shimmering gold, peacock blue shalwar, and a gauzy blue dupatta. Bill has a long blue coat with a Nehru collar, called an ashkan, and Dick will wear a new vest embroidered with gold stitching over his white kurta shirt andÂ€shalwar. We’ll be very fancy tomorrow—and up at dawn, receiving bedangled and bedazzled visitors, eating sweet rice and vermicelli, paying Eid greetings, and handing rupees all around.
In addition to assisting with the Science Camps, I want to become familiar with the current education system in Pakistan. I hope to interview as many personnel from TCF as I can to more fully understand their vision of education in Pakistan and our mission, as volunteers, to help them. Among the five of us—Taffy, Karen, Sofia, Nancy, and I—our team represents a depth and breadth of teaching experience and knowledge of Pakistan not shared by many educators in our position. We are eager to begin the work that has brought us back to the deserts of Sindh, the plains of the Punjab, and the mountains of Hunza, even though it is the middle of the Pakistani summer, the most grueling time of the year.
Back to Pakistan: A Fifty-Year Journey by Leslie Noyes Mass