COUNTRIES: Algeria
DURATION: 09/05/2015 - 09/30/2019
FUNDER: U.S. Department of State
CONTACTchrisotpher.iverson@worldlearning.org

Program Description

The English Access Microscholarship Program (Access) offers 13-20-year-olds exposure to American culture, language, and values through a dynamic program of classroom instruction and extracurricular activities.

Sponsored by the U.S. Embassy in Algiers,  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 20 local schools in Annaba, Algiers, Batna, Bechar, Blida, Bouira, Constantine, El Oued, Jijel, Laghouat, Mascara, Médea, Mostaganem, Oran, Ouargla, Sétif, Skikda, Tamanrasset, Adrar (Timimoun), and Tizi Ouzou.

Program Goals

  • Provide English-language training.
  • Share American culture and values.
  • Identify students’ appropriate career paths based on individual skills, personality traits, and aspirations.
  • Provide supplemental trainings in soft skills to prepare the young participants to be dynamic, motivated, and conscious recruits.
  • Build confidence and leadership skills through targeted civic education training that links with future employability.
  • Provide opportunities for students to use their new skills in a positive and supportive setting.
  • Offer opportunities for company visits for young participants with a range of local employers.
  • Develop the English Language Teaching (ELT) skills of teachers and their ability to guide youth in identifying appropriate career paths and contributing to their communities through civic engagement.

Read more about the Access program on the World Learning Algeria website.