US CG launches English access programme

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KARACHI: Consul General Grace Shelton on Thursday formally launched the English Access Microscholarship Program (Access) for children from underserved areas of Karachi.

This two-year after-school English-language and leadership programme will train talented 13-20-year-old students from disadvantaged communities.

At the ceremony, Consul General Shelton encouraged the students participating in the programme to take advantage of this opportunity to sharpen their English language skills. “It is inspiring to see the enthusiasm and dedication I see in you today, and we only want to see that grow,” she remarked.

Highlighting the objective of the program, Grace Shelton said, “We believe education is the key to a strong, economically stable Pakistan. That’s why we here at the U.S. Consulate in Karachi could not be more pleased to support the access programme.”

The English Access Microscholarship Program gives youth the opportunity to develop excellent English language, communication, and leadership skills. Throughout the world, the programme has reached over 115,000 students in 80+ countries. The program first began in Pakistan in 2004 and has since reached over 13,000 Pakistani students.

Prior to the launch of the program in Karachi, the programme was launched in other areas in Sindh, including Hyderabad and Jamshoro.