US sends 52 Pakistani students on American exchange visit.
KARACHI, October 01, 2009 (Balochistan Times): U.S. Consul General Karachi, Stephen Fakan Thursday honoured 52 Pakistani high school
students selected to go to Washington, DC, for a two-week science and
technology exchange program. The students, including 26 girls and 26
boys, are making the trip as part of the Links to Learning (ED-Links)
program, supported by the U.S. Agency for International Development
(USAID). I know your parents and teachers are proud of your selection
for this program, Consul General Fakan told the students. You are going
to have once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to experience American life
firsthand, while also learning more about the latest information
technology. Each year, ED-Links sends selected Pakistani students and
teachers to the U.S. for a short term training and cultural exchange
program. USAIDs ED-Links program aims to improve the quality of
education in middle and secondary schools in selected districts of Sindh
and Balochistan, Islamabad Capital Territory (ICT) and other areas. Last
year 26 students were sent to the U.S. from ICT in the first cohort.
This years group comprised students from Sindh and Balochistan. ED-Links
Student Exchange program will teach the students about web development,
digital photography and video production. The program also aims to
develop the students teamwork, leadership skills and cultural
understanding. This program will open new doors of opportunity,
cross-cultural understanding, and learning for each of you, said Mr.
Stephen Fakan. I know that you will be proud and effective
representatives of Pakistan, and that you will form rewarding
friendships with the American students and teachers you meet. USAIDs $90
million ED-Links program increases teachers professional development,
and improves student learning. The ED-Links program works in close
collaboration with the Pakistani Ministry of Education. Since 2002, the
U.S. Government through USAID has provided more than $3.4 billion to
Pakistan to improve economic growth, education, health, and governance
and to assist with earthquake reconstruction.
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