U.S. Consul General Brian Heath welcomed 400 new students to the U.S. State Department’s English Access Microscholarship Program. iEARN Pakistan Executive Director Farah Kamal also attended.
“I am happy to say this marks the third Access opening ceremony that I have attended since my arrival as Consul General in Karachi,” said Mr. Heath. “I am even happier to say there are more than 1,200 Access students in Karachi who are being given the opportunity to learn English – a skill that can change their lives and their futures.”
The Access program, said Mr. Heath, “will make you better students by helping you develop your English, leadership, and critical-thinking skills.” In the two-year program, students will have the opportunity to participate in many community and character-building activities ranging from service projects to public-speaking workshops.
“You are going to be exposed to new information and ideas that will show you the world and what you — as a proud, capable, young Pakistani — can do to make it a better place for yourself, your families, and your country,” said Mr. Heath.
Since its inception in 2004, more than 100,000 students in more than 85 countries have participated in Access. The program helps students develop proficiency in the English language from beginners to intermediate level, providing them with a variety of experiences to enhance their confidence. The program also emphasizes the importance of democratic values, volunteerism, and positive civic attitudes with the overall goal being to increase student ability to participate successfully in the socioeconomic development of their country. These 400 students began their English classes in November 2014.