Dar es Salaam, TANZANIA. On February 5, 2019, 25 students participated in a graduation ceremony of the U.S. Embassy’s English ‘Access’ Microscholarship Program at the American Corner at the National Library in Dar es Salaam. The students (12 male and 13 female) successfully completed their two-year biweekly after-school English classes at JOMAK School. The U.S. Embassy supports three additional Access classes throughout Tanzania – in Mwanza, Tanga, and Zanzibar. In early 2019, the U.S. Embassy will open additional classes in Mbeya, Mtwara and Pemba.
During the graduation ceremony, Public Affairs Officer, Brinille Ellis commended the Access Program students for their dedication and achievement. “Through this Access program, you have gained far more than a proficiency in English language. You’ve become community leaders and models for your community. Through volunteer projects, you’ve taken the same enthusiasm that has contributed to your classroom success and applied it to community development, wildlife preservation to reach higher and further than ever before.” During the ceremony, students presented class projects in English highlighting community service projects conducted during the course of their participation in the program.
The Access Program provides a foundation of English language skills to talented 13-20 year-olds from economically disadvantaged sectors through after-school classes and intensive sessions. Access gives participants the English skills that can lead to better jobs and educational prospects. Participants also gain the ability to compete for and participate in future exchanges and study in the United States. Since its inception in 2004, more than 350 students in Tanzania and 150,000 students in over 85 countries have participated in the program. For more information, visit: https://americanenglish.state.gov/.