Islamabad : May 18: Pakistani students who are learning English through the US-sponsored English Access Microscholarship Programme and their teachers met here on Friday with US Embassy Public Affairs Officer Peter Brennan.
In the coming weeks, 25 students and 25 teachers will travel to the United States for a three-week exchange programme funded by the US Embassy. The students — who come from Bahawalpur, Dera Ghazi Khan, Lodhran, Multan, Muzaffargarh, Islamabad, Rawalpindi, Mansehra, Malakand, Peshawar, Khaplu and Skardu — came together to be briefed on their trip to the United States.
Before I got a scholarship for the programme, I had no confidence speaking English. But now I am able to speak English,” said Iqra, an enthusiastic student. “We do a lot of activities in class, and we also do community service projects together. I am very excited to go to America and meet people and see how things are over there.”
English has become the common language of business and education throughout the world. We operate the world’s biggest English Access programme here in Pakistan because we know how important these skills are to Pakistan’s economic future,” said Brennan. “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 Microscholarship Programme in Pakistan, teaching English to 5,000, 14 to 18-year old students from disadvantaged backgrounds. The students learn English by participating in after-school 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 Programme. The English Access Microscholarship Programme is one component of the comprehensive US education assistance programme for Pakistan, which includes operating the world’s highest-funded Fulbright exchange programme; building or rehabilitating more than 850 schools; and establishing Centres for Advanced Study at three Pakistani universities to focus on applied research in energy, agriculture and water.The news.