Karachi:March 27:US Consul General Brian Heath presided over the closing ceremony of a consulate-sponsored “English Works” programme, congratulating the 150 graduates in Karachi.
The programme helps disadvantaged young people improve their English language skills to improve their career prospects.
“I applaud your efforts in the classroom over the past six months, and encourage you to continue to engage in lifetime learning. Regardless of your chosen profession, success demands a commitment to grow and develop so you can reach your full potential,” said Consul General Heath.
He said US government wanted students to take the skills and knowledge they gained into the professional world as well as their communities.
“We want you to use the knowledge and skills to build a better future for Karachi and Pakistan that will lead to a peaceful, prosperous, democratic Pakistan that is a leader in the region and world.”
Farah Kamal, executive director, iEarn Pakistan and Society for International Education, Consulate Affairs Officer Li Ping Lo and Cultural Attaché Griffin Rozell attended.
iEarn/Society for International Education is the US Consulate’s implementing partner in Karachi and Hyderabad.
The English Works programme seeks to improve job-related English and practical skills among disadvantaged young people aged 18 -25.
For six months, participants attended eight to 12 hours per week of classroom instruction in English vocabulary, grammar and writing for use in workplace environments.
The programme included seminars, workshops and conferences on resume writing, job interviews and workplace etiquette. English Works students also participated in consulate-sponsored concerts, panel discussions and seminars.
In Sindh, there are 150 students in Karachi and 50 students in Hyderabad with 400 total participants in Pakistan. This includes university students and entry-level, low-skilled workers.
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