DURATION: 09/05/2015 - 09/30/2019
FUNDER: U.S. Department of State
CONTACT[email protected]

Program Description

The English Access Microscholarship Program (Access) offered 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 gave participants English skills that could lead to better jobs and educational prospects. Participants also gained the ability to compete for and participate in future exchanges and study in the United States.  

Access in Algeria was part of a global U.S. State Department program that had trained 95,000 students in more than 85 countries since its launch in 2004.

In Algeria, World Learning conducted 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

  • Provided English-language training.
  • Shared American culture and values.
  • Identified students’ appropriate career paths based on individual skills, personality traits, and aspirations.
  • Provided supplemental trainings in soft skills to prepare the young participants to be dynamic, motivated, and conscious recruits.
  • Built confidence and leadership skills through targeted civic education training that links with future employability.
  • Provided opportunities for students to use their new skills in a positive and supportive setting.
  • Offered 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.