FAISALABAD – US Consul General to Lahore Yuriy Fedkiw on Thursday welcomed 100 new students to the US State Department-funded English Access Micro scholarship Program in Faisalabad.

Over 13,000 students have graduated from Access programs across Pakistan since 2004. The US Department of State currently funds Access Programs in 80 countries around the world.

The English Access Micro scholarship Program (Access) provides a foundation of English language skills to students between the ages of 13-20 through free after school classes and intensive learning activities.

Access students increase their ability to participate successfully in the socio-economic development of their country and gain the ability to compete for and participate in future US exchange and study programs.

Access includes activities related to US and Pakistani culture, the development of information technology skills, as well as leadership and community service.

A selected number of Access students have had the opportunity to participate in short exchange programs in the United States. The US Embassy currently supports more than 2,500 Access students in Pakistan.

The US Consulate General in Lahore launched the program in Faisalabad in partnership with the UAF Community College. Students of UAF Community College and rural areas around Faisalabad have been enrolled in the program.

Consul General Fedkiw told the new participants “The Access Program will make you better students by helping you develop your English, leadership, and critical-thinking skills. In the two-year program, you will have the opportunity to participate in many language enhancing activities ranging from projects to public-speaking workshops.”

He challenged the students to dream big and think about how they would use their new skills to make Pakistan and their communities more prosperous.

During his visit to the city, Consul General Fedkiw also met with members of the Faisalabad Chamber of Commerce and the Vice Chancellor of the Government College University Faisalabad, Dr. Muhammad Ali.

Fedkiw also visited the Lincoln Corner at the Government College University where he met with the members of the Youth Councils. Mr. Momin Agha, Commissioner Faisalabad was also present on the occasion. (PR)