U.S. Consul General Welcomes New “Access” English Language Students

Peshawar, December 18, 2018 – Students from Islamia College Peshawar and FATA University Kohat began a two-year Access English-language scholarship program this week.  The Access program provides a foundation of English-language and leadership skills to talented 13-20 year olds from economically disadvantaged communities.  Consul General Jonathan Shrier launched two new Access programs for 100 students at the U.S. Consulate General on Tuesday, with special guests and teachers attending.  Joining the Consul General in celebrating the occasion were Hon. Manzoor Ahmad, Secretary for Higher Education, Hon. Dr. Habib Ahmad, Vice Chancellor of Islamia College Peshawar, and Professor Dr. Muhammad Tahir Shah, Vice Chancellor of FATA University Kohat.  Students from across Peshawar and the newly Merged Areas participated in the launch event.

The Consul General encouraged the new Access students to “take full advantage of their opportunities, continue to pursue their English studies, and be inspired by the successes of other Access alumni.”

Since the Access program began in Pakistan in 2005, more than 14,500 Pakistani students have benefitted, including 1,300 from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.  To learn more about English language and other programs from the U.S. Department of State, please visit https://exchanges.state.gov/non-us