Wednesday, March 9, 2011

DeLisi launches English skills programme

KATHMANDU: United States Ambassador to Nepal Scott H. DeLisi on Wednesday launched the U.S. Government-funded English Access Microscholarship Program in Kathmandu.

According to the U.S. Embassy in Kathmandu, the programme provides a foundation of English language skills to talented, but economically or socially underprivileged 14- to 16- year-olds through after-school classes and intensive summer learning activities over a period of two years.

At the ceremony, Ambassador DeLisi encouraged the 40 Kathmandu-based students present to actively participate in the 360 hour-long course that is particularly unique due to its focus on leadership, extracurricular activities, and community service.

The Nepal English Language Teachers’ Association (NELTA) is responsible for implementing the programme in Nepal, initially for 120 students among four sites—two in Kathmandu, one in Bhairahawa, and one in Gorkha— with plans for additional students and sites, as funding becomes available, an Embassy statement said.