U.S. Ambassador Peter W. Bodde launched the English Access Microscholarship Programs in Itahari and Morang recently.
The English Access Microscholarship Program – more commonly known as the Access Program – provides a foundation of English language skills and leadership skills to disadvantaged youth. This is done through a two-year program of after-school classes and extracurricular activities. In addition to English, Access students learn about American culture and democratic values. They also develop leadership skills and discover ways to help their communities through volunteer service.
Talking to the new Access students in Itahari, Ambassador Bodde said: “I want to tell you, the new Access students, that we believe in you. If you work hard in this program, you can achieve great things. We’re offering you education and training so you can go on to study in college, university and beyond. At the end of this two-year program, your English and public speaking skills will be better, and we expect you to take these skills and become leaders in your schools and in your communities. I have high expectations for all of you.”
According to a press release issued by U.S. Embassy, the Access program is world-wide. Since it started in 2003, over 95,000 students in more than 85 countries have participated in the program. In Nepal, the Access Program began in 2011, and 280 students have graduated so far. Currently, there are 320 students enrolled in Access classes across Nepal.