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US funded teacher training program changes fisherman's life.

ISLAMABAD -- The Associate's Degree in Education Program (ADE), an initiative of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) is not only providing training to new and experienced teachers but has also changed the life of many people. More than 2,600 students are currently enrolled in the two-year ADE program and the four-year Bachelor of Education (B.Ed.) created through USAID assistance and accredited by the Government of Pakistan, a U.S Embassy statement has said. The USAID has awarded nearly 1,000 scholarships for B.Ed. and ADE degrees. The U.S.-funded project works with the federal and provincial governments, the Higher Education Commission, provincial departments of education, 15 universities, and 75 teacher colleges. Imran Ali Mallah, a fisherman at the Indus River has changed his life by becoming a teacher through the ADE programme.

Inspired by an advertisement he saw in the newspaper, Imran committed himself to this new endeavour. He travelled four hours each day from his home in Jamshoro to the Provincial Institute of Teacher Education in Nawabshah to pursue his ambition of becoming a teacher. He received excellent grades, and completed the ADE program. Today, Imran's future looks secure. Instead of toiling each day on his boat, he teaches young people, and hopes that they too will have the opportunity for a better future. "Changing the mindset of the youth toward learning and success is very important for the citizens of our country," said Imran. "It enables personal growth. I hope to pass on this beacon of knowledge."

Imran credits the U.S.-funded education program with his success. "The ADE program has been a source of inspiration," he said, adding that it enabled him to switch his profession from fishing to teaching.

"With its advanced teaching methods, it has brought classrooms to life, which has made both teachers and students open to change," he said.

The United States is launching new degree programs in education at 90 teacher colleges and universities, and is also building new applied research centers at Pakistani universities that focus on energy, water and agriculture. More than 10,600 low-income students attend college in Pakistan with U.S.-funded scholarships. The U.S embassy statement said that more information about the ADE can be collected from .
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Publication:Balochistan Times (Baluchistan Province, Pakistan)
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Date:Dec 29, 2012
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