US Con­sulate sends 19 Pak­istani women for Sum­mer Ex­change Pro­gramme in US

Pakistan Observer - - KARACHI CITY -

KARACHI—US Con­sul Gen­eral in Karachi Brian Heath greeted 19 Pak­istani women prior to their de­par­ture for sum­mer ex­change pro­grams in the United States.

‘My sin­cere congratulations to all of the par­tic­i­pants in the Sum­mer Sis­ters 2016 ex­change pro­gram’, said Mr. Heath, while thank­ing part­ners: iEarn, the US Pak­istan Women’s Coun­cil and Amer­i­can Uni­ver­sity.

Also at­tend­ing were iEARN CEO Farah Ka­mal, iEARN Gen­eral Man­ager Saleem Ibrahim, Pub­lic Af­fairs Of­fi­cer Li Ping Lo and Cul­tural At­tache Grif­fin Rozell.

‘As a Sum­mer Sis­ter, you will de­velop in­tel­lec­tual and lead­er­ship skills, while serv­ing as cul­tural am­bas­sadors for our two na­tions. All of you have the po­ten­tial to be­come lead­ers in Pak­istan and be­yond’, said Mr. Heath.

Ex­change pro­grams, such as US Sum­mer Sis­ters, are in­valu­able ex­pe­ri­ences for ev­ery­one in­volved, from the par­tic­i­pants and pro­fes­sors to or­di­nary Amer­i­cans, said Ms. Lo. ‘Sum­mer Sis­ters strengthen ties be­tween Amer­i­cans and Pak­ista­nis, com­bat stereo­types, and ul­ti­mately foster bet­ter un­der­stand­ing be­tween our two na­tions’, she said.

Ed­u­ca­tion, specif­i­cally women’s ed­u­ca­tion, is key to a strong, eco­nom­i­cally sta­ble, pros­per­ous Pak­istan, said Mr. Rozell.

‘Sadly, not only in Pak­istan but all over the world, the po­ten­tial of women and girls all too of­ten goes undis­cov­ered due to prej­u­dice and ar­ti­fi­cial bar­ri­ers. Pro­grams, such as Sum­mer Sis­ters, rep­re­sent a con­certed ef­fort to elim­i­nate those bar­ri­ers’, said Rozell.—APP photo

MQM lead­ers ad­dress­ing press con­fer­ence in Karachi Tues­day.—PO

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