Marymount educator to provide English-language support in Pakistan

Dr. Ana Lado and is shown with Veronica Band of the Religious of the Sacred Heart of Mary (RSHM) at the United Nations. (Maryount University)

Dr. Ana Lado, a professor in Marymount University’s Department of Education, has been selected as an English Language Specialist for an Interactive Radio Instruction program in Pakistan.

Through projects developed by U.S. embassies in more than 80 developing countries, the initiative works directly with local teachers, students and education professionals to enhance the quality of English-language instruction offered at universities and other academic institutions.

Lado will be working with the U.S. embassy team and the POWER99 Foundation in a project serving teachers in select religious schools in Pakistan.

“My passion for this project is fueled by inspirational stories of children who are developing skills, hope and a sense of being part of a larger human community,” she said. “As a linguist, it is challenging to develop effective Interactive Radio Instruction programs in English for marginalized communities. As an educator, it is challenging to develop sustainable access to education in remote communities.”

Lado cited the project as an example of the mission of the Religious of the Sacred Heart of Mary (RSHM), the order of Roman Catholic nuns that founded Marymount University. Its religious sisters are called to “place ourselves and our resources at the service of those who are most in need of justice, especially women and children,” as well as enable “the powerless, the deprived, the marginalized and the voiceless to work effectively for their own development and liberation.”

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