Last update: Mon, 15 Feb 2016 12am

English language program: US consulate & IM hold closing ceremony

US Consulate General Peshawar and the Institute of Management Sciences (IM Sciences) held a closing ceremony to mark the conclusion of the successful English Access Micro scholarship Program on Saturday. The two-year program offered 300 underprivileged girls aged 13-18 and studying at government schools and colleges in Peshawar, an opportunity to improve their English language skills in an after-school learning environment, according to press release issued here.

Chief Guest and IM Sciences Director Dr Muhammad Mohsin Khan lauded the program, "This collaboration with the US Consulate is an excellent example of empowerment through education, a principle we hold dear." Coordinator for the Access Program at IM Sciences, Zainab Azmat added, "The transformation I have seen in these girls, as a result of the program, goes beyond language acquisition." "It has opened their eyes to a larger world and given them the confidence to step into it."

Six students who completed the program have subsequently participated in US exchange programs, while another five of the language students were awarded scholarships to IM Sciences. Since the Access Program began operating in Pakistan in 2005, more than 10,000 Pakistani students from underserved backgrounds have benefited from the program. Over 1,200 students from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa have participated in the program, which began in this region in 2008. The students learn English by participating in after-school classes and intensive summer learning activities, leading to better professional and educational opportunities. Worldwide, over 100,000 students in more than 85 countries have participated in the Access Program.

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