Sponsored by the U.S. Embassy in Algiers, the English Access Microscholarship Program (Access) offers 13-20-year-olds teens exposure to American culture, language, and values through a dynamic program of classroom instruction and extracurricular activities. 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.
Access in Algeria is part of a global U.S. State Department program that has trained 95,000 students in more than 85 countries since its launch in 2004.
In Algeria, World Learning conducts the project in coordination with 14 local schools in Annaba, Alger, Batna, Bechar, Blida, Bouira, El Oued, Médea, Mostaganem, Oran, Ouargla, Sétif, Tamanrasset, and Adrar (Timimoun). Seven more sites will be added later in 2017.
1. English-language training;
2. Teaching of American culture and values;
3. Identifying students’ appropriate career paths based on individual skills, personality traits, and aspirations;
4. Supplemental trainings in soft skills to prepare the young participants to be dynamic, motivated, and conscious recruits;
5. Building confidence and leadership skills through targeted civic education training that links with future employability;
6. Providing opportunities for students to use their new skills in a positive and supportive setting;
7. Company visits for young participants with a range of local employers;
8. Developing the English Language Teaching (ELT) skills of the school teacher and their ability to guide youth in identifying appropriate career paths and contributing to their communities through civic engagement.