Through the English Access Microscholarship Program (Access), the U.S. Embassy Nairobi on February 22, handed out over 30 certificates to students in Malindi, Kenya honoring their hard work and dedication to learning English. Access is a two-year program that 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 English skills that may 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. Students in the program not only benefit from learning English, but also from developing leadership skills and confidence building.
The participants in Malindi were able to attend the Access program from New Horizon Consultancy Services. In cooperation with the U.S. Embassy Nairobi Cultural Affairs Office, New Horizon Consultancy Services provided the teachers and class room space for the students. Cultural Affairs Officer Raymond Stephens and Outreach Coordinator Rukiya Mwyinyi from the U.S. Embassy Nairobi were present at the ceremony to hand out certificates and congratulate the graduates.
Since its inception in 2004, approximately 95,000 students in more than 85 countries have participated in the English Access Microscholarship Program.