Back to Pakistan: A Fifty-Year Journey

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Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Oct 15, 2011 - Education - 224 pages
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In 1962, a newly-minted college graduate answered the call of President John F. Kennedy and joined the fledgling Peace Corps. Leslie Noyes Mass was assigned to Pakistan and given the directive to start a program-any kind of educational program she could muster-in a small Muslim village where she was the only Westerner and the only Peace Corps volunteer. After a year, she left the village, frustrated and feeling that she had made no impact at all.

Nearly 50 years later, she returned to discover a much-changed Pakistan-and a village that still remembers her. She tells both her stories, from 1962 and today, by deftly interweaving her journal entries from 50 years ago with her current day story as a volunteer training female teachers for a Pakistani non-governmental institution. Leslie Mass captures the heart and the attention of the reader with her story of Pakistanis in 1962 and those of a new generation who are engaged in building a sustainable education system for their country's forgotten children. In a series of interviews with Pakistanis from every social class and educational level, Dr. Mass gives voice to those who are taking responsibility for their country's educational problems and solving these problems within the traditions, culture, and religious understanding of their people. Back to Pakistan: A Fifty-Year Journey is a compelling look into a country as it goes from its infancy into the 21st century.
 

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In 1962, young, na├»ve, and hopeful 21-year-old Peace Crop volunteer Mass went off to change the lives of women in Pakistan. What she found was an undefined job and a village totally unprepared for a ... Read full review

Contents

Chapter 1
1
Chapter 2
5
Chapter 3
11
Chapter 4
19
Chapter 5
29
Chapter 6
35
Chapter 7
43
Chapter 8
49
Chapter 14
109
Chapter 15
117
Chapter 16
125
Chapter 17
135
Chapter 18
145
Chapter 19
157
Chapter 20
163
Chapter 21
173

Chapter 9
57
Chapter 10
67
Chapter 11
79
Chapter 12
87
Chapter 13
97
Photospread
108
Chapter 22
189
Notes
197
Index
205
About the Author
211
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Leslie Noyes Mass began her career as an educator 50 years ago in Pakistan as one of the first Peace Corps volunteers. After returning to the United States she earned her Ph.D at The Ohio State University in early and middle childhood education. She became the director of the early childhood center at Ohio Wesleyan University, from which she retired in 2007. Dr. Mass is also the author of In Beauty May She Walk, Hiking the Appalachian Trail at 60 and the former editor of The Thru-Hiker Companion, for The Appalachian Trail Conservancy.

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