ABIDJAN – On Wednesday, July 15, 2015, the United States Ambassador to Côte d’Ivoire, Terence P. McCulley, presided over the closing ceremony for the fourth phase of the English Access Microscholarship program. This is a grant program for students aged 14 to 18, from underserved communities. The program, offered to students of English, takes place over the course of two academic years.
During his closing remarks, Ambassador McCulley emphasized the importance of English in today’s society. “Whether it is at school, in the business world, in the field of science and technology or in everyday life, one cannot fully participate without mastering English,” he said.
He reaffirmed the American government’s commitment to support education in general, but also to support English by hosting American Speakers, English Language Fellows in academic institutions, and English Teaching Assistants, grants such as the E-teacher Training Program, the Study of the U.S. Institutes and Teaching Excellence and Achievement programs for English teachers, and additional training opportunities such as Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs), American Corners, webinar centers, and other workshops to train English teachers.
Speaking to the Access scholars, Ambassador McCulley said “the English Access Microscholarship Program is one of the best programs started by the American government.” He also thanked the partners of the program, the Ministry of National Education, the providers and their collaborators, as well as the parents, for their role in the selection and support of the students.