ISLAMABAD - As many as 100 students, aged 13–17 from Poonch, Rawalakot, attended the graduation ceremony of English Access Micro-scholarship programme. Students received graduation certificates and English learning books, as a gift, from US Department of State and Regional English Language Office US Embassy, Islamabad.

The two-year English Access Micro-scholarship programme comes as a part of US Embassy Islamabad’s efforts for quality education in Pakistan. The programme at University of the Poonch, Rawalakot, was implemented by the local non-governmental organisation Vision-Building Future in collaboration with the Regional English Language Office (RELO), US Embassy, Islamabad. The programme provided a foundation of English language skills to the target group selected from the remote schools of Rawalakot through activity based learning. Access Alumni gained the ability to compete for and participate in future exchanges and study in the United States.

Considering the diverse and unsettled background of the students at Rawalakot, a well-balanced curriculum plan was developed for the students to make them competent for the future. During two-year access programme, it was heart-warming to witness the hidden talent of all our access scholars. Students developed deep understanding of English Language, gender equality, human rights, democracy and diversity through enhancement of activities and summer intensive sessions.