Report of Graduation Ceremony,English Access Micro Scholarship Program
Jacobabad, Sind Pakistan
On January 30, 2013, Mr. Leon S. Waskin (Acting Deputy Mission Director, USAID) was the chief
guest at the Graduation Ceremony of English Access Micro Scholarship Program Jacobabad, Sind,
Pakistan. Mr. Bruener Newton, Administrator of this highly successful program, warmly
acknowledged the life-changing intervention of Access for more than 120 students from
underserved communities who now have the means to realize their dream through enhanced
English language skills. Further, these students are a source of inspiration for hundreds others, are
more confident and have transformed into goal-oriented youth.
Mr. Waskin was visibily moved by the welcome danced out by Access girls, and stirring speeches by
two students of Access. These students attributed their new found self-discovery, an appreciation of
and participation in community service, and desire to take charge of their future to the unique
Access course. Responding, Mr. Waskin congratulated the students and faculty in sustaining interest
during the over two-year long activity that now ensures a fruitful future for them anywhere in the
world. He opined these students now better able to express their thoughts and communicate
effectively with others in the outside world can bring about a real change in Pakistan as its future
Mr. Syed Ghazanfar Ali Shah, Deputy Commissioner, Jacobabad, expressed his pleasure and
congratulated the team of EAMP and successful students on completion of such a wonderful
At the end, Mr. Waskin distributed certificates and shields to successful students.
The Access was applauded as a hallmark of U.S.’s positive outreach to youth of Pakistan in the
education sector. The multiplier effect through positive change in individual students, their other
fellow students and families and larger communities has engendered a lifelong affinity to U.S. ideals
in a wide section of society. These include sharing skills with others, helping those in need,
appreciation of diversity in culture, religion, ethnicity; and these now stands firm as a bulwark
against rising extremism and terrorism in Jacobabad.
Mr. Bruener Newton also highlighted adjoining underserved areas of Sindh, where such
interventions would prove beneficial in enlarging the U.S. footprint in remote areas of Pakistan.