Two Hundred Female Students From Newly Merged Districts Graduate U.S. Embassy-funded English Access Microscholarship Program

Peshawar, October 6 – Two hundred female students of the Access English Microscholarship program at FATA University Kohat graduated in an online ceremony, today.  The two-year long U.S. Embassy funded after-school language learning program provides a foundation of English-language and leadership skills to talented 14-16 year old students from economically disadvantaged communities.

U.S. Consul General Richard H. Riley attended the online ceremony and addressed the students via DVC.  Consul General Riley told the students that “The United States views funding the Access English Language program as an investment in the future of Pakistan and the world. We know that nations that empower women are more prosperous, safer, and more politically stable.”

Vice Chancellor of FATA University Dr. Muhammad Jehanzeb Khan also attended the ceremony along with the graduating students from the newly Merged Districts of KP.

The Access program includes a minimum of 360 hours of virtual and/or in-person instruction over two years.  More than 20,000 Pakistani students, including 2,000 from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, have participated in the Access program, funded by the American people, since its launch in Pakistan in 2005.