US Ambassador Hale opens `English Work’ programme at PACC

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KARACHI, Feb 16 (APP): American Ambassador to Pakistan, David
Hale, here on Thursday presided over the opening ceremony of a
six-month English training programme for 50 youth aged 17-25.
The programme, funded through Mission Pakistan’s Regional English
Language Programmes Office, focused on enhancing business communication
skills-including professional-level English-to improve students’
employment and educational prospects, and in many cases, their ability
to support their families, a US Consulate statement said here on
Thursday.
At the same time the programme introduced youth to U.S. values such
as volunteerism, and cultural and religious pluralism.
As part of the programme, two English Works students interviewed
Ambassador Hale on leadership, his experience in Pakistan, and his
career.
In his opening remarks, Ambassador Hale told the students, `I
hope that English Works will enhance your confidence, expand your
ideas about democracy and volunteerism, and help you reach your full
potential as future leaders of Pakistan. You are already setting a
good example through the hard work you are putting into this programme’.
The ceremony was held at the Lincoln Corner at the
Pakistan-American Culture Center (PACC), one of 18 Lincoln Corners
across Pakistan run by the American Embassy.
A Lincoln Corner is a resource center and event space hosted in
partnership with Pakistani institutions-public libraries,
universities, and cultural centers, which provides a platform for open
dialogue between Pakistanis and Americans, promotes mutual
understanding, and strengthens people-to-people ties through programmes.