English Access Microscholarship Program Launched in Tanahun

Basanta Kandel                               Tanahun/July 20

Nepal English Language Teachers’ Association (NELTA) and U.S. Embassy launched the ‘English Access Microscholarship Program’ in Tanahun from today. The program is implemented by NELTA and sponsored by RELO and U.S. Embassy for 2 years in Tanahun Center.

In a program organized by NELTA Tanahun at Aadikavi Bhanubhakta Campus, the Mayor of Vyas Municipality Baikuntha Neupane handed over resource materials to 40 access students enrolled in Tanahun Center selected from 8 community schools located in the municipality. The chief guest of the program Mr. Neupane praised the wonderful deeds of NELTA, American Embassy and NELTA Tanahun to offer virtual classes and provide ICT related resource material during the COVID-19 pandemic, and suggested the students to utilize the resources to the utmost. The students received NOKIA Android mobile phone, NTC SIM card, internet data package, bag, T-shirt and other supporting materials provided by sponsors.

Similarly, Chairperson of AB Campus Management Committee Brahmadutta Timilsena, Vice-Chair of NELTA Gandaki Ram Chandra Pokhrel, and Campus Chief Maha Prasad Hadkhale admired the activities organized by NELTA, Tanahun for the development of English language education as per the demand of time and context. They wished for effective implementation and grand success of the program, and assured to assist from their capacity and level.

The Ward Chair of Vyas Municipality-1 Kharsing Darai, Vice-Chair of AB Campus, Buddhiman Shrestha, Member of NELTA Gandaki Daya Raj Kattel, Asst. Chief of AB Campus Sagar Poudel were present in the program. In the program, founding Chair of NELTA Tanahu Chakra Bahadur Adhikari welcomed the participants, and former Chair Krishna Hari Gairhe expressed the vote of thanks. The Vice Chair of the branch Basanta Kandel conducted the program.

In addition, NELTA Tanahun executives, members, access teachers, invitees, students with their guardians were present in the program. Branch Chair Lal Prasad Bhattarai chaired the program and assured to make the program successful and effective.

The Access program provides a foundation of English language skills and leadership skills to talented 13-16 years-olds from economically disadvantages backgrounds through two-year of after-school instruction and intensive sessions. Access students also gain an appreciation for U.S. culture and democratic values through enhancement activities. The 400-hour, two–year program consists of 36 weeks per year, in addition to a 40-hour Youth Leadership Development Summer Camp. The program offers ample opportunities to interact in English on the issues of ethnic tolerance, individual freedom, human rights, and gender equality and participate in evens organized to promote and develop sensitivity on those subjects.

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