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More than 140 teachers, graduates and trainers of US Department of State-sponsored English language programmes from six countries have recently joined 600 volunteers from local civic organisations in Kathmandu, Nepal to clean the banks of the Bagmati River.

The campaign, now in its 340th consecutive week, was spearheaded by Lilamani Paudel, the Nepalese Ambassador to China, and the government of Nepal’s Ministry of Urban Development’s Clean Bagmati campaign to promote a healthy river ecosystem, said the US Embassy in Dhaka on Sunday.

The participants enthusiastically rolled up their sleeves as they joined local volunteers to collect thousands of kilograms of garbage and debris from the banks of the Bagmati River.

The event kicked off by recognising the US-sponsored participants and thanking them for their contributions to raising awareness of a local issue that has global implications.

At the ‘Clean Bagmati’ event, a participant from India said, “It taught me the value of coming together.  It also taught the greatest lesson of all time: Be part of the change that you want to see in the world.”

The participants from Bangladesh, India, Nepal, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka, are part of the US Department of State’s flagship English Access Micro-scholarship Programme.

The English Access Micro-scholarship Programme provides a foundation of English language skills to the talented youth from economically disadvantaged communities over two years of after-school classes and intensive sessions and is part of the US effort to help prepare youths for future academic study and job opportunities.

Since its inception in 2004, approximately 125,000 students in more than 85 countries have participated in the English Access Micro-scholarship Programme, including more than 1000 Bangladeshi students in four locations across Bangladesh.

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