By Leslie Noyes Mass
In 1962, a newly-minted university graduate replied 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 might muster-in a small Muslim village the place she was once the single Westerner and the single Peace Corps volunteer. After a 12 months, 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 this present day, through deftly interweaving her magazine entries from 50 years in the past along with her present day tale as a volunteer education girl 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 young children. In a chain of interviews with Pakistanis from each social type and academic point, Dr. Mass offers 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 realizing 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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By this time, Bill, Dick, and I had decided to hire a man from the Christian section of Dhamke to cook our evening meals for us. James and his family moved into one of the outbuildings at the rest house and, at the end of our long hot mornings in the fields and long hot afternoons visiting village women, Saroya and I would walk out to the rest house to eat under the trees with Bill and Dick. It was cooler and quieter there, with the early evening breeze off the canal and only the shuffle of bullocks returning to their stalls to break the silence.
A project planned and run by Pakistani women,” I remember arguing, “could be continued after my two-year commitment in Pakistan ends. This project would make all my experience in Dhamke, so slowly and painfully acquired, worth it. ” With some hesitation and reluctance, the Peace Corps agreed to let me move to Sheikhupura, join Saroya and her lady workers, and try. 34â•‡â•‡ vâ•‡â•‡ Chapter 5 I left Dhamke with mixed emotions. Dhamke had been my home away from home. The villagers were my friends and Pakistani family; Rana Sahib was my protector and entrée as a community development worker.
Most villages had no primary school for boys, let alone for girls. If they could afford education at all, families sent only one son to school; other sons went to work at an early age and never learned to read or write. Boys who did attend school usually went to the nearest village school for two or three years and learned, at most, basic mathematics, how to read and write the national language, Urdu, and perhaps a bit of English. Religious training with the village maulvi or imam was often the only education possible for the poorest boys.
Back to Pakistan: A Fifty-Year Journey by Leslie Noyes Mass