Kolkata, Nov 19 (PTI) US Consul General in the city Patty Hoffman on Monday launched a programme backed by the US government, that would provide English language skills to economically disadvantaged people in the age group of 13-25 years. Also Read - US House of Representatives Passes Landmark Bill Legalising Marijuana in Federal Level

The US government is proud of the accomplishments of the English Access Micro Scholarship programme since it was launched in 2004, Hoffman said. Also Read - US Announces Reward of up to USD 5 Million For Information About 26/11 Mastermind

An NGO has selected 30 people in that age-group, who will avail the scholarship programme undertaken in 85 countries across the globe. Also Read - Trump Skips G20 Summit on Pandemic Preparedness, Later Spotted at His Golf Course: Report

“If our business as diplomats is to build lasting relationships between Americans and people from across the world and in the process hopefully make the world a better place, then Access is the perfect tool,” Hoffman said.

It is not a placement programme, but the children and youths would impart skills that would serve them well in future, she told reporters.

The US Consulate in Kolkata ensured, through the Access programme, that the students learn English speaking skills, cross-cultural skills, computer skills and critical thinking skills in future, Hoffmen said.

Hoffmen also joined members of the NGO, Jungle Crows Foundation, and the 30 participants in a game of rugby.

“For me it is a nice combination. I like sports as well and sports is a way to take people out of their comfort zone, out of classroom. It is easier when one is more interactive than just always sitting in classroom,” she said.

This is published unedited from the PTI feed.