Even when classes are not in session, GSE students such as Shruti Bhat are engaged in their field of study. This summer, Bhat, who will receive her degree later this month, traveled to Afghanistan through an internship with the International Education Development Program, a recent Penn News piece states.
Bhat’s work this summer has involved developing a curriculum for young students alongside the Aga Khan Foundation and the Institute for Professional Development. The news piece notes, “Together, they will create the Grade 0 curriculum which is designed to help non-native Tajik speakers in Tajikistan make the transition from programs taught in Pamiri, the local language, to Grade 1, where the instruction is given in Tajik, the national language.”
Bhat has kept a blog chronicling her time overseas, in which she has referenced the ways in which her GSE education—which helped her prepare for the trip—has played a role in her summer work. “The theme that I encountered so often in many of my classes at Penn of how ‘Context Matters’ really became apparent through this field visit,” she writes in one post about her first time at a school in Tajikistan.
Check out the full news story—as well as Bhat’s blog posts—to learn more about her summer adventure.