US Embassy Islamabad announces funding for youth outreach and sports diplomacy projects

embbasyThe Cultural Affairs Office (CAO) in the Public Affairs Section of the U.S. Embassy Islamabad of the U.S. Department of State is pleased to announce a call for proposals under an open competition for assistance awards through this Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO), contingent on funding availability, through the Public Diplomacy Grants Program. The projects set forth in this NOFO support the empowerment of Pakistani youth through sports and education, helping to develop the confidence crucial to their academic and professional success.
 
CAO Islamabad’s purpose in funding projects under this opportunity is to enable civil society, non-profit organizations, and educational institutions to implement projects to help underserved youth across Pakistan develop important leadership skills, prepare them for success in the work place, promote tolerance and respect for diversity, and positively contribute to their communities and the environment.  Preference will be given to proposals that include target audiences outside the urban centers of Islamabad, Karachi, Lahore, and Peshawar. Proposals that engage partners in India and/or Afghanistan will be reviewed favorably.
Proposals should include a methodology to survey beneficiaries before and after activities occur to measure quantitative and qualitative progress. Proposals should also incorporate post-grant activities to ensure grant participants form a professional network or otherwise incentivize participants to stay in touch with each other after the end of the grant period.
 
This NOFO supports CAO Islamabad’s initiatives in the following project areas:
1. English-Language Book Clubs across Borders – Pakistan/Afghanistan
2. Nation-wide Youth Sport Camps
3. Fostering Youth Civic Leadership
4. Promoting Digital Literacy and Citizenship

Grant for Civil Society and heritage under US Embassy announced

The cultural Affairs Office in the Public Affairs Section of the U.S. Embassy Islamabad of the Department of State is pleased to announce an open competition for assistance awards through this Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO), contingent on funding availability, through the Public Diplomacy Grants Program.

CAO Islamabad’s purpose in funding projects under this opportunity is to enable civil society groups to implement projects utilizing cultural heritage to mobilize and improve their communities and/or stimulate economic empowerment while protecting their heritage. Programs should have a component for youth and/or school age children, a well-defined social media component, and an education component that broadens community awareness of cultural preservation.
Since 2010, U.S. Embassy Islamabad has supported dozens of cultural heritage projects. Cultural preservation increases public awareness of Pakistan’s rich and diverse heritage; contributes to a more resilient, prosperous nation; and strengthens national unity and pride. Cultural preservation projects therefore have the ability to mobilize and improve communities as well as enhance local economic stability and youth employment prospects.
CAO Islamabad is looking for applicants to present innovative and effective ways to integrate cultural preservation into programs that develop and improve conditions for local communities in Pakistan. For purposes of this NOFO, cultural heritage includes both tangible (i.e. objects, buildings or structures that have been in existence for a period of not less than seventy-five (75) years) and intangible, traditional forms of expression, including, but not limited to: traditional performing arts, visual arts, language, and literature. Applicants should propose project ideas that focus on preserving Pakistani communities’ cultural heritage while strengthening and mobilizing the communities in the process.

 E-Teacher Summer 2019 program under US Embassy

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The Regional English Language Office (RELO) at the U.S. Embassy Islamabad under American English E-Teacher program is offering 14 scholarships to English language teaching professionals from Pakistan to participate in a eight-week online course offered by American Universities.

The American English E-Teacher Program offers 8-week, online university-level courses in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) developed by U.S. educational institutions.

Courses Available

  • Using Educational Technology in the English Language Classroom
  • Critical Thinking in the Classroom
  • Teaching Grammar Communicatively
  • Teaching English to Young Learners
  • Content Based Instruction
  • TESOL Methodology
  • Professional Development for Teacher Trainers

When do the classes start?

Classes for the main course will begin from June 25, 2019. However, all participants will be required to complete a mandatory orientation course starting from May 20, 2019.

Who can apply?

Candidates must:

  • Be an in-service English language professional
  • Have strong English language reading and writing skills (minimum 525 TOEFL, 70 iBT, or CEFR B2)
  • Be a citizen of Pakistan
  • Be living in Pakistan for the entire duration of the AE E-Teacher term
  • Have regular and reliable access to high-speed internet connection
  • Be able to spend 10 to 12 hours online each week for the duration of the 8-week course
  • Be willing to be enrolled in a second or third course, if your primary choice is unavailable

Alumni of AE online courses are ineligible to apply for this opportunity.

To apply, please fill in the online application and submit no later than 5 p.m. (Pakistan Standard Time) on March 15, 2019.

Online application can be found here: “Online Application” (<– click here)

If you have difficulty accessing the hyperlink mentioned above for online application, please visit https://goo.gl/forms/5AQiIJjzOZ4whD6M2 

Questions? Contact us: eteacher@evolution.com.pk or +92 300 2008575

 

Fully sponsored Summer Institute on cultural exchange and creative writing

***** Deadline extended to April 1st ******

BTL for IS webpageThe Summer Institute is a new immersive two-week creative writing and cultural exchange program held in Iowa City, Iowa, a UNESCO City of Literature, for participants age 18-22 from Pakistan, India, and the U.S. This program for students of all academic interests – the arts, humanities, sciences, and everything in between – is free for selected participants, and will focus on creative writing and the power of narrative. The Summer Institute’s innovative, inclusive, cross-cultural approach will empower future thought-leaders and help forge new lines of understanding, promote social justice, and foreground diversity, empathy, and community. Participants will come to see writing as a form of action – a personally-empowering skill that can be employed for social change.

The Summer Institute is supported by the U.S. Embassy in Islamabad.

2019 SESSION – PAKISTAN/INDIA/U.S.: 6-20 JULY

During the two weeks of Summer Institute programming, mornings will be spent in master classes led by experts in various fields with a focus on creative writing and narrative (master classes are two-to-three hour sessions on a particular aspect of writing, identity, communication, or study). Afternoons will be reserved for generative writing sessions led by faculty mentors, as well as panels and discussions designed to work through conversations of identity and cultural biases, and promote team-building and collaboration. Evening programming may include literary readings, open mic nights, movies, and special workshops, as well as free time to write and socialize. As part of mid-session programming, participants will spend an afternoon at Lake Macbride State Park, where they may swim, paddle boat, share a picnic lunch, and enjoy the outdoors together.

For details: https://iwp.uiowa.edu/programs/summer-institute/2019

Teaching Excellence and Achievement (TEA) Program for Pakistan announced

teaThe United States Embassy’s Regional English Language Office (RELO), Virginia Tech, and Evolution are pleased to announce an open competition for Teaching Excellence and Achievement Program (TEA) for Pakistan, an exchange program that provide outstanding opportunity to Pakistani secondary school teachers of English language to attend a six-week professional development program in the United States. 

The Teaching Excellence and Achievement (TEA) Program  for Pakistan provides Pakistani secondary school teachers of English from government and foundation schools with the opportunity to develop expertise in their subject area, enhance their teaching skills and English proficiency, and increase their knowledge about the United States. The program is offered to in-service English Language teachers only.

The intensive six-week professional exchange program will be held in the United States in 2019. The program is focused on building expertise in best practice teaching methodologies and techniques, including development of lesson planning skills, assessment techniques, and teaching strategies. The program also includes instructional technology training in the use of computers for Internet, word processing and as teaching tools. Participants will also engage in a host university organized, 40-hour field experience at a local secondary school. Trips to U.S. cultural sites, civic activities, and academic support will be provided for participants throughout the program.

Provisions of the Fellowship

  • J-1 visa support;
  • A pre-departure orientation held in Pakistan;
  • Round-trip airfare to U.S.;
  • A Welcome at VirginiaTech;
  • Academic program fees;
  • Housing (shared with other program Fellows of the same gender) and meals;
  • Accident and sickness medical coverage (does not cover pre-existing conditions). Please note that the health insurance is not a full coverage. Participants will have to pay the co-payment fees for each visit to any doctor;
  • Participants will not receive any stipends or pucket money during the program;
  • Transportation to the practicum school (if necessary);
  • A trip to Washington, D.C.;
  • A re-entry seminar in Pakistan;
  • An opportunity to apply for alumni small grants.

Program Eligibility Criteria 

Applicant must:

  • Be currently working full-time as a secondary-level English teacher in a government or foundation school* that serves a primarily local (not expatriate) population (teaching classes 6 to 10);
  • Have at least five years of classroom experience in English language teaching;
  • Be citizens and current residents of Pakistan;
  • Hold at least a Bachelor’s degree;
  • Be proficient in written and spoken English;
  • Demonstrate a commitment to continue teaching for at least five years after completion of the program; and
  • Have submitted a complete application with Institutional Support and Reference Form (ISRF) signed by their school management.

Click on this link to access the APPLICATION: https://goo.gl/csFw23 

You should submit the following documents to Evolution by no later than March 10, 2019: 

  1. Completed application with photocopy of academic transcripts
  2. Hand signed Privacy Policy and Application Certification Statement page;
  3. Institutional Support and Reference Form completed by your supervisor and signed/stamped by your school director/principal; and
  4. A clear copy of the first two pages of your passport (or legal photo identification)

Please courier the completed application package (printed/hard copy) to:

Evolution Office, C-26-5/II, Al-Murtaza Commercial Lane # 3, Phase VIII, DHA, Karachi 75500

Women, minorities, persons from FATA, Gilgit Baltistan,  Baluchistan, Interior Sindh and other disdavantegous areas along with persons with disability are encouraged to apply.

 

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