Ambassador McCulley’s Remarks at the Access English Microscholarship Program Ceremony10:00am Friday July 18th, 2014 in the Embassy Atrium

 Ambassador Terence P. McCulley during his Speech

Representative from the Minister of National Education and Vocational Training

Officials from the Ministry of National Education

School administrators and teachers

The Director and staff of Connect-USA (CUSA)

Dear children

Dear parents

Dear guests

It is a pleasure for me to participate in this double ceremony this morning.  I would like to thank all of you who work to advance education in general and especially the English language.

Speaking a foreign language can be the key that will open many doors that you never thought of.  Today, we all recognize that speaking English is a valuable asset. English has become the language of books, newspapers, aviation, scientific conferences, technology, and even a lot of sports and advertising.  English can bring you a lot of fun, because it is the language of popular music, but it can also bring you much success.  Whether you like it or not, English is the language that the world has chosen for international communication.

In fact, we cannot stress enough on the relevance of English today, as it has become the language of communication in the world in many fields, including international relations, business, and science.

The U.S. government is committed to supporting all programs for education, human rights and leadership around the world.  The “English Microscholarship Access” program – which we simply call “Access” – is one of the best programs initiated by the U.S. government to support these objectives.

I would like to congratulate our deserving students.  Firstly, those who have just completed brilliantly their training in English over the last two years.  I would then call on the 43 students who now begin their training to work hard in order to be among the future leaders of this country; while adding that with this Access program you have an extraordinary chance that many other students will never have.  I urge you to seize this opportunity and make the most of it.  I wish you much success in your studies and in your life.

I would also like to call on all of you (government officials and civil society, educators, and parents) to support these children, so that the program can continue to be a success in Côte d’Ivoire.   And thank you particularly to the parents in the audience, who have created an environment for their children to succeed.

I would particularly call on the business world to contribute to the expansion of this private / public partnership so that more deserving students participate in the “Access” program in the future.

I take this opportunity to thank our current partners, namely the Ministry of Education, principals and employees for their role in the selection of these excellent students.

Finally, congratulations to Dr. Hilaire Kouadjo and his team at the Institute for Language Connect-USA for the excellent role they play and will undoubtedly continue to play in the training and supervision of these students.

Thank you.