Islamabad: Opening ceremony of the English access microscholarship programme held at National University of Modern Languages (Numl) Islamabad on Thursday.Joelle Uzarski Director, Regional English Language Office, Public Affairs Section at US Embassy, Islamabad was chief guest on the occasion.
Addressing to the ceremony Numl registrar and administrative coordinator of the program Brig (R) Saeed Akhtar Malik said that programme had been started from December 31, 2012 and would last till December 2014 in collaboration with US Department of State through US Embassy in Pakistan.
The said program was designed to provide a significant English language learning experience to the young students, he added.
He further said that around 900 students studying class VIII to X and of age group 14-17 from 14 different schools of Rawalpindi and Islamabad appeared in the test and 100 students were selected. The selection was based purely on merit and preference was given to the wards of under privileged class.
“Learning a language that has an impact is indeed a great investment in one’s academic life and English language definitely has an impact”, said Uzarski.
She expressed these views while addressing the ceremony of the programme which was attended by around a hundred students, their teachers and parents at Numl today.
Moreover, she congratulated the successful students. The successful arrangement of that program at NUML showed the commitment and dedication of NUML’s administration towards better education and better nation, she added.
Young female student Shummaima-ul-Amber entertained the audience with ‘Kalam-e-Iqbal’, a group performed alike of “Mind your Language” while another group of students presented a national song to receive the applauses of their parents and teachers.
A student Arshia Fatima, while talking to scribe said that she wanted to be a fashion designer and she knew that English was the language of art, literature, music, technology and science. “The more you are at ease with English language, the more are opportunities to grow in your professional life. Learning English language will help me to achieve my dreams,” she added.
In the end Director General (DG) Brig Azam Jamal and Mrs Joelle Uzarski distributed certificates of the programme among the students and presented shields to guests, access teachers and applauded their contribution for the commencement of the programme.