TEXT M. M. ALAM
PHOTO SHOAIB SHAHRAM
VOICE OVER MAHNOOR NIZAMI
KARACHI: Consul General of USA Brian Heath has applauded the hard work and dedication of 150 disadvantaged young people who have successfully completed the US Government-sponsored language program ‘English Works’.
Brian Heath was speaking on the occasion of certificate distribution event held here at the Hotel Marriott’s Crystal Ball Room on Saturday morning.
Commenting at the ‘Closing Ceremony’ Consul General Heath termed it as Opening Ceremony “of the challenges to go out and apply in practice what the youngsters have been learning in theory’.
Consul General held, from that moment on the students were going to endeavor for a better life equipped with confidence of being Anglophones.
“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.
Remarking that Pakistan was not poor and its people were its great asset, CG Heath said that the US was expecting very abstract returns from the investment made on the edification of Pakistani youngsters: Getting jobs, promotions for improved life, betterment of families, community and ultimately for prosperous future of Pakistan and its relations with US.
According to Brian Heath, the US government wants 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 learned through this program to make a better future for yourselves and your families. As well-educated and competitive workforce is a key to Pakistan’s future economic success. By making and investment in you, we are making an investment in Pakistan.”
The diplomat also praised the enthusiasm and support of teachers who were also present on the occasion.
‘English Works’ program aims to help disadvantaged young people improve their career prospects – provide the students with classroom instruction in English vocabulary, grammar and writing in workplace environments.
Conspicuous among others there were Farah Kamal, executive director iEarn Pakistan and Society for International Education, Consulate’s Cultural Affairs Officer Li Ping Lo and Cultural Attaché Griffin Rozell. iEarn/Society for International Education is the IS Consulate’s implementing partner in Karachi and Hyderabad.
English Works program seeks to improve job-related English and practical skills among disadvantaged young people aged 18-25. For six months, participants attend up to 12 hours per week of classroom instruction in English vocabulary, grammar and writing for use in workplace environments. The program, with 400 participants across Pakistan, also include seminars, workshops and conferences on resume writing, job interviews and workplace etiquette.