Moshi, TANZANIA. On September 18, 2018, 40 students participated in a graduation ceremony of the U.S. Embassy’s English Access Microscholarship Program at the Kilimanjaro Information and Technology College (KIT – Moshi) for Form Three and Four students. The students (22 male and 18 female) successfully completed their two-year biweekly after-school English classes at KIT College. These students are the second cohort of participants in Moshi. The U.S. Government supports four additional Access programs throughout Tanzania – at St. Augustine University in Mwanza; in Unguja through a partnership with the Zanzibar Association of U.S. State Alumni (ZAUSSA); in Dar es Salaam at the Jomak School; and in Tanga managed by Tanga Initiative & Mindset Organization (TIMO). The U.S. Embassy will begin additional English Access Program classes in January 2019, in Mbeya, Mtwara and Pemba.
U.S. Embassy Regional English Language Officer George Chinnery commended the Access Program students for their dedication. “Through this Access program, you have gained far more than a proficiency in English language. You’ve become community leaders and models for members of your community.” 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 to 20 year-olds 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 300 students in Tanzania and 100,000 students in over 85 countries have participated in the program. For more information, visit: https://americanenglish.state.gov/.