Field Trip (2), Access Program
The U.S. embassy in Dushanbe supports intensive English programs for high school students throughout Tajikistan. Sandra Jacobs, cultural affairs officer, and Mahmud Naimov, assistant cultural affairs office, and I visited three of these programs in the Sugd region, south of Khujand, on a Thursday afternoon. English is one of the regular high school classes, but, depending on the program, the students attended this program for an additional two hours after their regular high school classes either three or six days a week. They also attend a summer camp associated with the program. The embassy pays for the use of the facilities and for the teachers. Students are given scholarships to attend the classes.
In this post, I will include some photos. I will try to post a short video in a separate post. I am not sure how to do it and I have limited time on Internet today, so I want to make sure at least the photos get posted.
Our first stop was in the town of Sharistan.
Our last visit was to the town of Ghonchi.
Another student is looking at and describing another of Sandy’s photos. Mahmud enjoys the comments.