A letter of commemoration was signed between the Higher Education Commission (HEC) of Pakistan and the US Embassy to memorialize the joint ventures of HEC’s English Language Teaching Reforms (ELTR) Project and the US Embassy. The ceremony was held at HEC Secretariat, Islamabad.
Engr. Syed Imtiaz Hussain Gilani, Chairperson HEC and Mr. Peter M. Brennan, Minister Counselor for Public Affairs, US Embassy signed the letter as signatories. As co-signatories, Ms. Noor Amna Malik, Director General (Learning Innovation) HEC and Mr. FiFe MacDuff, Regional English Language Officer signed the letter of commemoration.
The objective of these trainings is to upgrade knowledge of English teachers of ELT trends and techniques and to provide international exposure to indigenous English Faculty by sitting here in Pakistan.
In addition to IRP trainings, US Embassy and ELTR launched an exclusive online professional development programme “ELTeach” for English teachers teaching English at intermediate level. The financial liability of this online training rested on the US Embassy, whereas HEC was responsible for administering the programme. Each scholarship was worth $500 and the total cost for these 100 scholarships was $50,000.
Engr. Syed Imtiaz Hussain Gilani, Chairperson HEC, emphasized the need to expand scope of such trainings so as to involve more teachers and to address need of language reforms at a larger scale. “In the rapidly changing world, it becomes mandatory to focus on professional enhancement and to improvise teaching techniques. The efforts of ELTR and US Embassy to take initiatives for professional growth of teachers must be appreciated.”
Mr. Peter Brenan said that such workshops provide great opportunity to the teachers to hone their skills and review methods and techniques of teaching so that they remain in tune with new teaching trends. He said that US Embassy will continue to support HEC in future too with more initiatives.
Ms. Noor Amna Malik highlighted achievements of ELTR Project since its inception and briefed the audience about IRP trainings and initiatives with US Embassy. Mr. Fife MacDuff shared that RELO office will extend its support to benefit Pakistani teachers in future also. He appreciated the efforts of HEC in considering the importance of such trainings.