Back to Pakistan: A Fifty-Year Journey

Back to Pakistan: A Fifty-Year Journey

by Leslie Noyes Mass

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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781442213210
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date: 10/15/2011
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 224
File size: 600 KB

About the Author

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.

Table of Contents


Chapter 1: Arrival in Pakistan, 1962
Chapter 2: Work Assignment, 1962
Chapter 3: The Vision, 1962
Chapter 4: Living Village Life, 1962
Chapter 5: The End of the Beginning, 1962
Chapter 6: Arrival Pakistan, 2009
Chapter 7: Work Assignment, 2009
Chapter 8: A Clearer Vision, 2009
Chapter 9: An Introduction to The Citizens Foundation
Chapter 10: Setting up Training, 1963 and 2009
Chapter 11: Behind The Citizens Foundation
Chapter 12: Training Karachi, 2009
Chapter 13: Arrival in Lahore, 2009
Chapter 14: Training in Lahore, 2009
Chapter 15 Summer Science Camps, Lahore
Chapter 16: The Gymkhana Club, 2009
Chapter 17: Sheikhupura and Dhamke, 2009
Chapter 18: Khanewal and Harappa, 2009
Chapter 19: Leaving Lahore, 2009
Chapter 20: Islamabad: Modern Pakistan
Chapter 21: Hunza: Another Pakistan
Chapter 22: Pakistan: Unfinished Business

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