In recognition of reaching such a significant milestone, a special celebration was held following the April 19 anniversary date, with Nisar Abbas, President, Electronic Media, presiding. Khadim Hussain, Chief Executive GRACE Association Pakistan, thanked Dr Uzma Saleem, Principal of the Government Degree College for Women in Skardu for hosting the event at the college. Invited guests included teachers and students from 18 Access Program partner schools, parents, social workers, representatives from academia and the media, plus GRACE Volunteers.
The Access Students made their own unique contribution to the event, including debates on the public and private sector roles in promoting quality education and a short, comical drama on learning English in the English Access Program.
Mir Muhammad, an Access Program faculty member in Skardu, praised the efforts of the Program's first graduating class:
Wazir Shamshad Hussain, Access Program Coordinator, said that this project is running in 45 countries around the world, and in Pakistan alone, 5000 Access students have been enrolled in all of the country's five provinces.
Khadim Hussain, GRACE Chief executive, said :
Nisar Abbas, President of Electronic Media Baltistan and Correspondence Geo News Pakistan, expressed his own appreciation of GRACE Association's efforts to promote quality education in the region, and made a personal request for the Program to be expanded to include other parts of Skardu Baltistan.
GRACE endeavours to empower and improve the quality of life of the marginalized and vulnerable communities in the least developed parts of Pakistan through welfare, participatory research and development, capacity building, promotion of best practices and partnership building, advocacy, and by launching sustainable and replicable innovative projects.