Pak students meet US Consul General

May 19, 2013 Off By Web Desk

KARACHI: Pakistani students, who are learning English through the US sponsored English Access Micro scholarship Program and their teachers, called on US Consul General Michael Dodman here on Sunday.

In the coming weeks, 25 students and 25 teachers will travel to the US for a three week exchange program funded by the US Embassy. The students, who from Karachi and Hyderabad, came together to be briefed about their trip to the United States.

Sharing their experiences with English Access Program, the enthusiastic students told the Consul General that before they got a scholarship for Access, they had no confidence in speaking English, but now they are able to speak English. They further said: “We do a lot of activities in class, and we also do community service projects together. We are very excited to go to America and meet people and see how things are there.”

“English has become the common language of business and education throughout the world. We operate the world’s biggest English Access program here in Pakistan because we know how important these skills are to Pakistan’s economic future,” said Dodman. “We are so pleased to play a role in helping smart and motivated Pakistani students learn skills that will benefit them throughout their lives.”

The US operates the world’s largest English Access Micro scholarship Program in Pakistan, teaching English to 5,000 students having age range 1419 years from disadvantaged backgrounds. The students learn English by participating in afterschool classes and intensive summer learning activities, leading to better jobs and educational opportunities. Since its inception in 2004, over 95,000 students in more than 85 countries have participated in the Access Program.